One in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.
It is the most common bone disease—and a silent one, but it is preventable and treatable.
Dr. Christine Signore, Chair of Endocrinology at Middlesex Health, says keeping your bones healthy and strong is very important. If not, the result could be osteoporosis. Osteoporosis happens when bones are weak, and their normal architecture is disrupted.
Dr. Signore says osteoporosis puts your bones at risk for fracture. Because there are no warning signs prior to a bone fracture, many people are not diagnosed with osteoporosis early enough to receive effective treatment.
By 2025, it’s estimated that there will be more than 3 million fractures that happen as a result of a fall from a standing height or less cost the health care system $25 billion.
A bone density test can help determine if you have osteoporosis. This test usually measures the density of your hip and lower spine bones. Sometimes, the forearm bones are also measured. The numbers are then compared to the average bone density of a healthy 30-year-old.
It is important to talk to your doctor before changing your diet, taking supplements or embarking on a new workout routine. You can also talk to them about treatment options, and they may refer you to an endocrinologist or a rheumatologist.
For more information visit, MiddlesexHealth.org.