Preventive medicine

Osteoporosis

A composite word, it literally means porous bones. The medical condition is defined as the excessive loss of bone mass due to loss of calcium, protein, and other minerals. It is difficult for an individual to detect whether he or she has Osteoporosis until the condition has already set in.

What is Osteoporosis and the most common symptoms?Amongst the most common symptoms that might indicate Osteoporosis are easily obtained bone fractures, hunched back that worsens over time, loss of height, and even back pain.

Due to the difficulty in an individual auto-detecting the appearance of osteoporosis, it is recommended that man above 70 receive a proper check-up.

In the case of women, it is highly recommended that she undergoes osteoporosis screening at the age of 65 or in the pre-menopause stage; whichever comes first.

Although scientists are not clear as to what causes Osteoporosis, there is certainly a genetic predisposition. There are also lifestyle choices which have been associated to osteoporosis such as heavy drinking and smoking.

Common exercise such as running, jumping, and lifting weights are well known for increasing bone mass and strength therefore preventing or retarding the onset of Osteoporosis.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle in terms of a balanced diet full of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and other minerals together with regular exercise can go a long way to keeping healthy in all respects.

Treatment

How is Osteoporosis treatments?Identifying if you have osteoporosis or are at a high risk for it is important in order to start early treatment.

After the condition has been diagnosed, there are various medicines your doctor can provide along with diet and lifestyle changes.

Follow-up visits are also required to keep track of the patients progress.

Check-up

Densitometry (DXA scan): If you are a woman over 65, a man over 70, or have a family history of osteoporosis, we would suggest that you pay as a visit in order to provide the proper examination.

The evaluation lies mainly in examining bone density through a densitometry test that will provide information on whether you have osteoporosis, by evaluating the density of calcium and other minerals within the bones.

Feel free to call us in order to schedule an appointment.