Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, which can cause many problems. At our practice, patients can seek help for bone loss and thinning.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis and osteopenia is a medical condition that causes thinning of the bones. This can result in painful fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis can include being female, low body weight, aging, low estrogen or menopause, smoking, and certain medications. Prevention and care typically include exercise, calcium and vitamin D supplements, and osteoporosis medications.
What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?
A person is frequently not conscious of the fact that he or she has osteoporosis. A fracture is usually what brings the condition to their attention. There are some symptoms of the disorder which can include:
- A gradual loss of height and an associated hunched posture
- Fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip
When does a woman's risk of osteoporosis rise?
Once a woman has reached menopause, their risk for developing osteoporosis goes up dramatically. This is particularly true for Caucasian and Asian women. It's also expressly prevalent for women who have thin, small frames.
Why are younger women at risk of osteoporosis?
Thin teens and college-age women who overly exercise are at a greater risk of not having menstrual periods. This is a medical condition referred to as amenorrhea and is associated with decreased estrogen levels. This may cause osteoporosis. A diet that does not take in adequate amounts of calcium and other similar nutrients can also lead to low bone density. Teenage girls who limit their eating and who don’t have a menstrual period are at a higher risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Young female athletes who attempt to achieve a low body weight for running or dancing are also more likely to develop amenorrhea, as well as those who compete in sports such as figure skating and gymnastics.
When should I call a doctor about osteoporosis?
If you develop a backache or sudden severe back pain, contact a physician as it can indicate a spinal compression fracture as a result of osteoporosis. Dental X-rays can also reveal bone loss in the jaw, which can be an indication of osteoporosis.