Although the exact medical cause of osteoporosis is still undetermined, there are some factors known to play a role in the disease. Women who are advanced in age, have a slight build and are prone to estrogen deficiency — such as that developed during menopause — are most susceptible. However, you can take these steps to help prevent osteoporosis:
- Exercise regularly
- Minimize caffeine and alcohol consumption
- Stop smoking
- Maintain an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D
For more information about osteoporosis or to schedule an appointment, call 713-790-3333.
Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become fragile and prone to fracture. One woman out of every five over the age of 50 has osteoporosis. With odds like these, it's no wonder Methodist Women's Health Services places great importance in offering comprehensive care for osteoporosis. Houston Methodist Hospital utilizes state-of-the-art noninvasive technology to measure bone density and assess the overall health and strength of your bones. This advanced evaluation system helps identify bone weakness as early as possible, before it becomes a problem.
Osteoporosis occurs most frequently in postmenopausal women, but the vast majority of patients have no symptoms until a bone actually breaks. Be proactive in your health care with a bone density scan, and keep osteoporosis from slowing you down.
To schedule an appointment with a Houston Methodist physician or to learn more about osteoporosis screening and treatment options, call 713-790-3333.
Watch a segment from "Leading Medicine" on Vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis and bone health.