As women approach and pass menopause, their bones often weaken. But with the help of Brenda Axmann, MD and Mary Whitaker, MD at Axmanna & Whitaker Gynecologic Associates, bone loss and osteoporosis are preventable. Whether you have a family history of the disease or you just want to ensure you’re protected, contact the Plano, Texas office today to learn more about osteoporosis prevention.
Osteoporosis, which means porous bone, occurs when your bones become weak and fragile. This bone-thinning leads to fractures, especially in the hip, spine, or wrist.
Although many people associate osteoporosis with older women, it occurs in both men and women of all ages, causing more than two million fractures a year.
Despite the fact that researchers haven’t determined the cause of osteoporosis, they have identified risk factors that make you more susceptible to osteoporosis, including:
Estrogen, the female sex hormone, plays a vital role in bone health, mass, and strength. Because menopause causes a decrease in estrogen, osteoporosis becomes more likely in women after age 50.
With proper care and screening, you can prevent osteoporosis. At Axmann & Whitaker Gynecologic Associates, your doctor performs bone density tests regularly to determine your bone mass. If you test positive for low bone density, they take active measures to protect your bones.
To ensure your bones stay as strong as possible, Dr. Axmann and Dr. Whitaker recommend:
Because calcium plays a vital role in bone health, increasing the amount of calcium-rich foods can lower your risk of osteoporosis. You can try low-fat dairy products, dark leafy greens, and fatty fish such as salmon to increase your calcium levels, or one of several foods with added calcium such as orange juice, cereals, and some breads.
Although osteoporosis has no cure, Dr. Axmann and Dr. Whitaker provide treatments to reduce your risk of fractures and prevent further bone density loss.
In most cases, they recommend calcium and vitamin D supplements. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, and if you don’t spend enough time outdoors, you may have low levels.
They may also suggest starting a regular exercise program.
Depending on your age and other risk factors, the team at Axmann & Whitaker Gynecologic Associates may discuss hormone replacement therapy and the role it can play in promoting bone health.
To learn more about osteoporosis and see if you’re at risk, call the office today to schedule your initial consultation or book your appointment online.