Most of us reached our optimum bone mass during early adulthood. Precision Imaging Centers uses Bone Densitometry to measure the exact decline of bone density for our patients during the rest of his or her life. This gradual to extreme loss of bone mass is a condition known as Osteoporosis. As bone density is lost, the risk of breaking the bone increases as the bone is no longer as strong as a normal bone. Patients suffering with osteoporosis have to exercise a level of personal caution that reduces their risk of trauma, even from a seated height. We recommend that individuals with higher risk factors monitor the loss of bone mass using bone densitometry and take the necessary precautions to reduce their risk of injury.
In 2008, the National Osteoporosis Foundation estimated that 44 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass. Unfortunately, many did not find out about his or her condition until after an unexpected fracture. Factors that are most often associated with increased risks of low bone density include:
- Older Age – As we continue to age, our risk of bone loss increases after early adulthood.
- Family History of Osteoporosis – As with most aging factors, genetics play a big role in bone density.
- Medications – The long-term use of medicines like steroids can contribute to a loss of bone mass.
- Inactive Lifestyle – Studies show an active daily routine including exercise can reduce bone loss.
- Physical Stature – Thin or persons of small stature are at higher risk for osteoporosis.
- Unhealthy Habits – Smoking and the excessive use of alcohol can contribute to loss of bone mass.
- Gender – Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than are men with similar risk factors. In part, women’s bodies tend to develop less bone mass as they develop.
Although women are at a higher risk for low bone density, it is important for men to monitor their loss of bone mass as they age. Low testosterone levels can affect the onset of osteoporosis in men, especially if they have a history of certain illnesses. Other risk factors like a sedentary lifestyle, smoking or long-term use of steroids apply equally to men as to women. A good diet and plenty of exercise throughout your life is the best preventative medicine for maintaining bone density. Use our website’s “Make An Appointment Today” feature to learn more about using bone densitometry to monitor your loss of bone mass.