As you age, your bones can thin and weaken, leaving you vulnerable to fractures. The gynecologists at Canterbury Women’s Health Care in Fresno, California can help you maintain optimal health and avoid health risks like osteoporosis. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn how to protect your bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis means “porous bones.” This condition causes bones to weaken, thin, and grow fragile over time. The exact cause of osteoporosis is largely unknown.
During your younger years, your bones break down and are continuously replaced by bone remodeling. This process peaks in your mid to late 20s.
Bone loss typically begins in your mid-30s. When this happens, bones break down faster than they rebuild, and they lose calcium faster than it can be replaced. Calcium is a vital mineral bones need. This weakening of your bones increases your risk of fractures.
Women are more susceptible to developing osteoporosis due to the structure of their bones and hormonal changes that occur after menopause. Following menopause, a woman’s bone density loss accelerates for 5-7 years before slowing down again.
This bone loss is from the decline in estrogen, which helps keep calcium in your bones. At least 80% of Americans suffering from osteoporosis are women.
Additional risks for osteoporosis include:
Osteoporosis can be present for decades without any symptoms. Fractures are often the first symptom of osteoporosis.
Your doctor at Canterbury Women’s Health Care works closely with you to evaluate your overall health as well as your family’s medical history. During your exam, your doctor uses X-rays to look for signs of thinning bones. They also use a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan (DXA) to measure bone density in your spine, forearms, and hips for a more accurate assessment.
The ideal way of treating osteoporosis is by reducing bone loss and increasing bone strength and density. You can improve your bone health through:
Your doctor will work with you to outline the best approach for treating or reducing your risk of osteoporosis. Call Canterbury Women’s Health Care or schedule an appointment online to learn more.