You may not have been aware previously but May is the month that is dedicated to raising awareness about osteoporosis. Chances are if you don’t know what osteoporosis is, you also didn’t know that there was a month dedicated to making sure people know about it. So let’s start with the basics. Osteoporosis is a silent and progressive disease that is characterized by decreased bone density and the increase of bone fragility. Most commonly, this disease will affect people as they age, with women being more commonly diagnosed than men. In this post, we are going to give you some more information about osteoporosis and what you can do to fight the causes of it. Continue reading below to learn more.
Osteoporosis & Women
As we mentioned above, osteoporosis is much more common in women than it is in men. In fact, nearly 80 percent of all cases of this disease occur in women. This is one of the reasons why teenage and developing women are often encouraged by their doctors to build strong bones through eating well and exercising. The more preventative actions they take as they grow, the less likely they will be to develop osteoporosis later in life. While it might be hard for young women to understand the importance of these actions now, having weak bones later on can be extremely debilitating and greatly lower the overall quality of a person’s life.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
It is more common than not that osteoporosis may progress silently for decades before it is detected. In fact, this disease could be developing over time and a person wouldn’t experience so much as a fracture in that time. However, once the same person reaches middle age, it may be too late to prevent the symptoms that will soon signify they are suffering from osteoporosis. If you find that you have had a number of fractures in a short amount of time, however, we would suggest that you speak with your doctor as soon as you possibly can to learn if osteoporosis is what is ailing you.
In the case that you do think you are experiencing bone loss, your doctor will likely suggest that you have a bone densitometry, or DEXA scan. This is a simple screening that can help your physician to accurately diagnose osteoporosis. They do this by scanning your bones and measuring their density. This scan can also indicate to your doctor whether or not you need to consider the possibility that you will have osteoporosis in the future.
DEXA scans have been shown to be an extremely effective and valuable clinical tool for assessing patients who show possible signs of having osteoporosis and should definitely be something you consider if you are concerned about losing bone density over time.
Are You In Need of a DEXA Scan?
If you think you may need to learn more about the current state of your bones, we would encourage you to make an appointment at Vision Imaging of Kingston. We offer DEXA scans and can give you a better idea of whether or not you are at risk of developing osteoporosis in the coming years. Call us now for more information!