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Reverse the consequences of osteoporosis with effective treatments

More than 44 million U.S adults (primarily women) struggle with the damaging and sometimes worrisome effects of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by loss of bone density and is known as ‘the silent thief.’ Surprisingly, it often progresses without symptoms or pain—until a fracture occurs.

Know the risk factors for osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a serious bone disease that commonly results in fractures in the hip, wrist or spine. However, early detection and treatment may significantly minimize the effects of this preventable, treatable disease. Here are eight risk factors of osteoporosis:

  • Gender
    Women, particularly Caucasian and Asian women, are four times as likely to develop osteoporosis than men.
  • Age
    Women over the age of 45 and women who have experienced early menopause have a higher risk.
  • Calcium deficiency
    A low dietary intake of calcium may lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis as it reduces bone density.
  • Sedentary lifestyle
    Regular physical activity helps increase bone mass while inactivity promotes bone loss.
  • Body size
    Petite women have a higher risk of osteoporosis than heavier women because fat cells store estrogen, which helps conserve bone mass and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures in post-menopausal women.
  • Family history
    Family members with osteoporosis increase your risk of developing it as well.
  • Cigarette and alcohol use
    Cigarettes reduce effective estrogen levels, increasing bone loss.
  • Medications
    Certain medications like corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications, excess thyroid hormone, aromatase inhibitors, anti-gonadotropins and antidepressants may accelerate bone loss and increase your risk.

Treating osteoporosis with noninvasive, effective therapies

How is osteoarthritis treated?

After a thorough physical examination and diagnostic testing to confirm your diagnosis, one of the skilled providers at Bay Area Rheumatology will work with you to create a custom treatment plan based on your unique needs. While there is no cure for osteoporosis, proper treatment can protect and strengthen your bones so you can live life on your terms.