Early Detection

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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.
Risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Slender build
  • Asian or Caucasian descent
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excess sugary foods, drinks, alcoholic or protein in the diet
  • Low calcium intake
Other signs or conditions
  • 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.
Prevention tips
  • 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.