Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that weakens the bones and increases the risk of fractures. It is a SILENT DISEASE because bone loss occurs without symptoms. Currently, 10 million Americans are suffering from this disease and another 44 million are at risk in developing it.
Did you know…
- One out of two women over 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture; for men it is one out of four.
- Osteoporosis causes more than 2 million bone fractures annually.
- 50% of osteoporosis related repeat fractures can be prevented with appropriate treatments.
- Every year, nearly 300,000 people break their hip: 1/4 end up in the nursing home, 1/2 never regain previous function and 1/4 die within the first year after breaking their hip.
Are you at risk for developing osteoporosis? Risk factors include:
- Patients 50 and older with a fracture caused by a low trauma event
- A family history of osteoporosis and/or thin/small body frame
- Inactive lifestyle
- Excessive alcohol use, smoking, and calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies
- For men, low testosterone levels. Low estrogen in women and including menopause
- Corticosteroids and anti-seizure medications along with medical conditions that weaken calcium absorption
- Eating disorders: anorexia or bulimia
At Victoria Orthopedic Center we want to help you along a path of prevention through lifestyle changes before this disease develops. We invite you to schedule an appointment with our Osteoporsis Clinic for an evaluation and treatment plan.