Women's Health Services
age — risk of osteoporosis increases with age
gender — women younger than 75 are twice as likely to have osteoporosis
race — those who are white or of Southeast Asian descent have greater risk
frame size — exceptionally thin women or those with small body frames have higher risk
tobacco use — tobacco use contributes to weak bones
low calcium intake
excessive soda consumption
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.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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