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What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans. There are typically no symptoms associated with osteoporosis until a fracture occurs, and a diagnosis of osteoporosis is most commonly not made until after a fracture has occurred or after a patient has undergone a bone mineral density study, called a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan.

“Certain fractures, such as those that occur when there has been a fall on level ground, are considered fragility fractures, and a clinical diagnosis of osteoporosis can be made,” explains Dr. Clay D. Miller, osteoporosis specialist at Sports Medicine North. “Otherwise, age or other risk factors may warrant a screening exam.”

Dr. Miller says regular screening DEXA exams should be performed on women over the age of 65 and men over the age of 70.

Other risk factors for osteoporosis include rheumatoid arthritis, hyperactive thyroid, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking, among others.

To decrease your risk of osteoporosis, Dr. Miller suggests getting 1200-1500 mg of calcium per day through your diet. Additionally, he suggests supplementing 1000 IU of Vitamin D daily, as this is can be hard to acquire through diet or from sun exposure alone. This supplement may need to be increased if you have vitamin D deficiency. A regular weight-bearing exercise program is also important.

If you are older than 50 and have had a recent fracture from a ground level fall, contact Sports Medicine North at (978) 309-3066 to speak with a doctor about scheduling a DEXA exam.

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