Updated: 05/13/2016 4:03 PM | Print Story |  Email

What You Need To Know About Osteoporosis

There are a lot of things to look forward to as we get older, the Senior discount, more vacation time, grandbabies. But there is one thing that could be coming that isn't so great.  It's called Osteoporosis -- the disease causes over 2-million fractures each year. But there is a lot you can do at a younger age to prevent it. Dr. Terri Wollan from Entira Family Clinics stopped by to give us the 411 of this very common disease. 44-million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis and about one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to Osteoporosis. In fact by 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 are expected to have low bone density or osteoporosis.

But Osteoporosis is considered a child's disease with geriatric consequences. Here’s why: up to 90% of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and age 20 in boys. And it’s called a silent disease because you can't feel your bones becoming weaker. Breaking a bone at an older age, may be the first sign.

A DXA screening at the age of 65 can measure your bone mineral density. It’s an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. Entira Family Clinics has 2 DXA scans on-site.

But there are things to do to prevent Osteoporosis:

+ eat nutritious meals especially those rich in calcium and vitamin D
+ do not smoke
+ keep healthy weight
+ exercise with weight bearing exercises
+ limit alcohol

If you have questions about your health, contact your doctor or schedule an appointment at Entira Family Clinics.