Osteoporosis Specialist

Canterbury Women's Health Care

Gynecologists located in Fresno, CA

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 Q & A

Canterbury Women's Health Care

What is 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.

Who is at risk of developing osteoporosis?

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:

  • Lack of exercise
  • History of fractures
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Low body weight
  • Genetics and family history
  • Calcium and vitamin D deficiencies
  • Certain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

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.

Are there ways to treat or prevent osteoporosis?

The ideal way of treating osteoporosis is by reducing bone loss and increasing bone strength and density. You can improve your bone health through:

  • Lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, quitting smoking, moderating alcohol, and taking calcium and vitamin D supplements
  • Medications to increase bone strength, reduce bone loss, and increase bone formation
  • Alternative medicine like soy proteins

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.