Osteoporosis is a “fragile bones” condition. More than half of women over fifty will have an osteoporosis-related fracture of the hip, wrist, or spine during their lifetime. Men with hip fractures have more disability than women with hip fractures. Wrists, hips, and spine are the most frequent body areas fractured in men and women. Medical complications and death due to hip fractures are three times higher in men than in women.
DEXA Screening: DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) is a bone mineral imaging test that screens for osteoporosis. Is recommended for women over sixty five and men over age seventy. This procedure helps predict future risk of bone fractures.
Osteoporosis Prevention: Weight bearing exercise, such as brisk walking, tennis, or yard work can delay osteoporosis onset.This includes walking, jogging, playing tennis, dancing, weight machines, stretch bands, Tai-chi, yoga, and rowing machines. These activities help condition not only the joints and muscles, but also the heart, lungs, and brain. In addition, check home fall hazards, such as loose rugs and cluttered stairs.
Prescription medicines for women: Raloxifene (Evista) and Tamoxifen improve calcium absorption and reduce risk for fractures. However, they have significant side effects that need to be discussed with a physician.
Questions or comments? Contact Dr. Clem at clementhanson.blogspost.com