About one in every in two Caucasian women will have an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point during her lifetime. In fact, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, in the United States alone, osteoporosis is a major public health threat for almost 44 million citizens aged 50 and older and this figure is expected to climb even higher, to more than 60 million by the year 2020. Osteoporosis can affect all patients age 50 and older and older women after menopause are at the highest risk of developing this condition.
Since there are typically no early symptoms of osteoporosis, it is often not until a bone is fractured that the condition is diagnosed. That is why a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan is recommended for at-risk patients to measure the bone mineral density and to detect the onset of osteoporosis before fractures occur.
Once a patient is diagnosed with osteoporosis, treatment options are available, depending on the patient’s risk of breaking a bone due to the condition within the next 10 years. There are also lifestyle changes that can lower a patient’s risk of developing osteoporosis and also preventing fractures if osteoporosis has been diagnosed. These include:
If you would like to speak to someone about your personal risk for developing osteoporosis, please call our endocrinology office today at (859) 258-4401 or visit LexingtonClinic.com/endocrinology.
Walaa Ayoub, MD, PhD, is a board-certified endocrinologist at Lexington Clinic who is also board-certified in internal medicine. He provides services in general endocrinology and metabolism, diabetes mellitus, obesity and lipid-related disorders, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, pituitary disease, osteoporosis and adrenal disorder. Dr. Ayoub's professional interests include diabetes mellitus, obesity and lipid-related disorders and osteoporosis and other bone and mineral-related disorders.