|Exams||Bone Density Exam|
At HeartSavers we offer a Bone Density Scan for the detection of Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease in which bones become fragile and are more prone to fracturing (breaking). This condition is responsible for 1.5 million fractures annually in the United States. A majority of the fractures occur in the hip, spine, and wrist. People may not know they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall can cause a fracture or a vertebra to collapse. If not prevented or left untreated, osteoporosis can progress unnoticed until a bone breaks.
The Bone Density Scan allows for the early detection of osteoporosis. With this knowledge numerous therapies (i.e. diet, dietary supplements, weight-bearing exercise, and medication) may be implemented to slow or stop the progression of the disease.
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o Thin or small frame
o Family history of osteoporosis
o Diet low in calcium
o Cigarette smoking
o Excessive use of alcohol
o Inactive live style
o Use of corticosteroids or thyroid medication
o Low testosterone levels in men
- One in two women and one
in eight men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in