Each year, 8.9 million people across the globe are diagnosed with dangerously significant bone loss—a condition called osteoporosis. The majority of these people don’t find out about their condition until after they’ve experienced an osteoporotic fracture. And according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, one of those fractures happens approximately once every three seconds. That’s why it’s so important to know how to prevent osteoporosis.
The key to prevention is early detection.
How to Prevent Osteoporosis? It’s Easier Than Ever.
Even in our time of incredible scientific advancement, there is only one scan capable of detecting osteoporosis, before the full onset of the disease and fractures happen. It’s called a DEXA Scan, which stands for “dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.” You might also hear it called a Bone Density scan.
“Every woman should have a DEXA scan done. It is painless and takes very little time. I want to stay as active as I can for my 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren so if I were to break or fracture a bone it would be a life changing event for me. This is something that I feel I can prevent by taking a proactive step.” – Betty, MIF Patient
How do I know if I need a bone density screening?
Postmenopausal women and anyone over the age of 65 should have yearly screenings, especially if you begin to notice that you’re losing height, or that your posture is becoming more curved. The risk of low bone density is higher if there are certain factors present:
- Previous fractures caused by relatively minor accidents
- A low body weight
- Any family history of osteoporosis
- Habitual smoking
- Consumption of three or more alcoholic drinks daily
- Use of steroidal medications or dietary supplements
- Presence of rheumatoid arthritis
- Unusually low levels of vitamin D
Can it be treated?
This is an important question for many people over 65, who may already be prescribed multiple medications for other conditions. Before DEXA Scans became available, it was common for people who exhibited the early stages of osteoporosis, called osteopenia, to be treated the same as patients with the full-blown form of the disease. Osteopenia is usually treated by engaging in a healthier lifestyle and treatment with specific nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D, rather than a prescription.
A DEXA Scan can help keep healthy individuals and those with osteopenia from having to receive full-blown treatment by clearly identifying their needs.
How can I prevent osteoporosis?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation describes a few basic practices that can keep help keep your bones strong:
- Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
- Make sure your diet is balanced—get a good mix of fat, carbs, and protein.
- Eat bone-supporting foods, like fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid smoking.
- Limit alcohol consumption to 2-3 drinks daily.
- Keep regular exercise in your routine.
Get to know your bones. Contact us to schedule your DEXA Scan.