Vital information about osteoporosis
More women, and men, have thinning bones than ever before, and the risk increases with age.
- Bone loss that leads to osteoporosis often occurs without any noticeable symptoms.
- By the time you develop a fracture, feel pain or develop curvature of the spine, osteoporosis may already be present.
- By identifying bone loss early, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Family history
- Slender build
- Asian or Caucasian descent
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excess sugary foods, drinks, alcoholic or protein in the diet
- Low calcium intake
- Difficulty getting up from a chair without using your arms to push
- Joint or muscle aches
- Resting pulse greater than 80 beats per minute
- Height loss
- Increased stooping (curvature of the spine)
- Bone mineral density test results of -2.5% or less
- These symptoms can indicate other health problems as well so it’s important to talk with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
- Have a bone mineral density test
- Do weight-bearing exercises daily, such as walking, light weight-training, yoga or Pilates
- Follow a healthy diet that emphasizes whole foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid soda, alcohol or excess coffee intake
- Take appropriate supplements with calcium
- Ask your doctor about the need for hormone replacement therapy (after menopause) or other medications to help restore bone density
- A bone mineral test for early detection
You can get a short, painless bone mineral density test at the Seton Women’s Health Center, 1850 Sullivan Ave., Suite 110, Daly City. Open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Call (650) 991-6030.
IMPORTANT: This information is provided as a community service. It is not intended as medical advice. Contact your personal physician about your individual health care needs and for advice about starting a new exercise program.