Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Management

Osteoporosis is the loss of both calcium for strength and matrix for support in the bones. The bones become too fragile to withstand ordinary stresses, and a fracture typically results. Medical research shows that bone loss begins as early as twenty years of age and is three times greater in women than in men. It is estimated that over 25 million people in our country are afflicted – most of whom are women. In fact, osteoporosis affects half of all women over the age of forty-five, and 90 percent of women over age seventy-five. BHCW no longer offers in-office Dexa scans, but the providers continue to order and monitor bone density scans. Early diagnosis means early intervention. Menopausal women should ensure adequate Calcium (1200 mg/day) and Vitamin D (800 IU/day) intake, as well as weight bearing exercises 3-4 times weekly in order to optimize bone health.