One out of every two women past menopause has osteoporosis, but osteoporosis is preventable and treatable. Most (75%) of women who have osteoporosis don’t even know they have it. It is a potentially crippling disease characterized by bone loss and susceptibility to fracture.
Women are not the only ones who develop osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2 million American men have osteoporosis and another 12 million men are at risk.
Bone density measurement is a diagnostic test used to measure the amount of mineral in bones. The exam involves lying on a table for 10 to 20 minutes while a low dose x-ray beam scans the spine, hip or both. The test involves no pain and no known risk other than minimal radiation exposure. Mee’s BMD testing gives spine and hip results in just 10 seconds with better than 1% precision.
Medicare and many private insurance carriers have covered bone density tests since 1998 for individuals who meet certain criteria. Physician referral is required. Check with your doctor to find out if this test is right for you and then call Mee at 831.385.7130 to schedule your bone density scan.
Decreasing Bone Fragility
Individuals can protect bone health by following osteoporosis prevention and treatment strategies:
- Consume a calcium-rich diet that provides 1,200 mg of calcium from a combination of foods and supplements
- Obtain between 400 and 800 IU of vitamin D each day
- Avoid tobacco use and alcohol abuse
- Participate in weight-bearing and resistance-training exercises 3 times per week
- Talk with your physician about having a bone density test (a special x-ray to determine current bone health and risk for future fracture)
- Talk with your physician about possibly beginning a Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication for osteoporosis to stop bone loss, improve bone density and reduce fracture risk
People need to know whether they are at risk for developing osteoporosis or whether they have already lost so much bone that they already have osteoporosis. While risk factors can alert a person to the possibility of low bone density, only a bone mineral density (BMD) test can measure current bone density, diagnose osteoporosis and determine fracture risk.
Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation