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Women's health services

Woman has a bonescan at St. Anthony's Medical Center.

Osteoporosis risk factors:

bullet age — risk of osteoporosis increases with age
bullet gender — women younger than 75 are twice as likely to have osteoporosis
bullet race — those who are white or of Southeast Asian descent have greater risk
bullet family history
bullet frame size — exceptionally thin women or those with small body frames have higher risk
bullet tobacco use — tobacco use contributes to weak bones
bullet eating disorders
bullet low calcium intake
bullet sedentary lifestyle
bullet excessive soda consumption
bullet depression
bullet chronic alcoholism

Upcoming events

9/19/2015: Women's Wellness Brunch

10/15/2015: Pink Night at the Movies

Bone (osteoporosis) health

Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle and commonly results in a fracture in the spine, hip or wrist.

Causes of osteopenia and osteoporosis

  • lower levels of bone mass
  • in women, decreased estrogen production during menopause
  • inadequate intake of vitamin D and calcium
  • insufficient amount of exercise

Evaluation and management includes

  • bone density screening
  • education on lifestyle improvements
  • nutrition guidance to enhance calcium and vitamin D intake and absorption
  • strength training exercise class to increase bone density, tone muscle and burn calories

For your convenience, you may schedule a bone density scan at the same time you schedule your mammogram at the Breast Center by calling 314-525-1300. This is a safe and painless screening performed with the patient fully clothed. It takes about five minutes to complete. A bone density scan is covered by most insurance programs, but it must be ordered by a physician.

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.