July 29, 2013

Bone Density Testing and Osteoporosis

A bone density test measures your bone strength and if you are at risk for osteoporosis.  The test is painless and is like an x-ray scan of your body and takes about 15 minutes.  If you are a woman age 65 or older, schedule a bone density test.  If you are a woman age 50-64, ask your doctor if you need one.  If you are a man over 65, discuss it with your doctor.  If you are at risk for osteoporosis, you may be tested every two years.  

Osteoporosis has no signs

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that has no signs or symptoms.  It weakens bone and makes them more likely to break, especially bones in the hip, spine and wrist.  It is most common in older women.  One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will break a bone in their lifetime because of osteoporosis.  How to protect your bone health:  Get enough calcium and vitamin D!  The calcium shopping list includes low fat or fat free milk, cheese and yogurt, almonds, broccoli and greens, orange juice with added calcium and calcium supplements.  Get enough vitamin D--from salmon or tuna, fat free or low fat milk with vitamin D, some cereals and juices and yogurt with added vitamin D, and vitamin D supplements.  Stay active!  Physical activity slows bone loss.  Moderate aerobic activity and strengthening exercises can make a big difference.  Discuss any medication or supplements with your doctor.  

Source:  National Health Information Center 

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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