It’s estimated that 80% of the adults in the United States with osteoporosis are women. May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology has been providing expert medical care to women in the Greater Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area for more than 50 years and specializes in the treatment and management of osteoporosis. Call one of the offices today, which includes Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, and Lebanon, Pennsylvania, or request an appointment online.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to be weak, brittle, and at greater risk of fractures. Women are at greater risk of osteoporosis than men for many reasons, including:
Estrogen assists in your bone building process. When your ovaries stop producing estrogen during menopause, it triggers a period of rapid bone loss that can last for as long as three years and significantly increases your risk of osteoporosis.
You may not know you have osteoporosis until you break a bone. The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology recommend you get a bone mineral density (BMD) test to assess your risk of osteoporosis so you can take steps to protect your bones.
All women 65 years and older should get a BMD, which measures the bone density at your hips, spine, and heels. Your specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend a BMD even if you’re younger than 65 if you have a recent history of a broken bone or risk factors for osteoporosis, such as smoking, rheumatoid arthritis, or low body weight.
Osteoporosis doesn’t usually cause symptoms, but because of the effect it has on the bones that make up your spine, you may notice a loss in height.
Your specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend a combination of medication and lifestyle changes to help you manage your osteoporosis. The medication may help prevent further bone loss or support bone growth.
Hormone therapy may also be recommended to help restore estrogen balance and the loss of bone density after menopause.
Most importantly, you want to be cautious due to your increased risk of fractures and wear low-heeled shoes and keep your hallways clear to prevent falls. You also want to make sure you’re getting adequate sources of calcium and vitamin D in your diet.
Yes, you can prevent osteoporosis. The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology recommend you eat a healthy diet filled with bone-building foods, participate in regular exercise, and don’t smoke to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.
For management and prevention of osteoporosis, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology today, or request an appointment online.