Osteoporosis Prevention

Friday, September 14, 2012

After the age of about 30, bone thinning is a natural process and cannot be stopped completely. But there are some things you can do that may slow down that process. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about osteoporosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Osteoporosis is a common problem that causes bones to become abnormally thin, weakened, and easily broken. Women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen, a female hormone that helps to maintain bone mass.

Fortunately, preventive treatments are available that can help to maintain or increase bone density.

Young women in particular need to be aware of their risk for osteoporosis and take steps early to slow its progress and prevent complications.

Some of the most important treatments for preventing osteoporosis include diet, exercise and not smoking. Also, take calcium and vitamin D supplements and limit alcohol consumption.

Do your best to keep from falling, too. It sounds simple, but you can prevent a lot of fractures by reducing the chances of a fall.

For those already affected by osteoporosis, prompt diagnosis of bone loss and assessment of fracture risk are essential because therapies are available that can slow further loss of bone or increase bone density.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.