While men can and do get osteoporosis, the disease that causes weakening of the bones is predominantly a woman’s disease. Women are four times as likely to contract osteoporosis than men, and one in two women over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
Osteoporosis is often called "the silent disease" due to the asymptomatic nature of bone loss and is characterized by diminishing bone density and structural deterioration of bone tissue, which leads to increased susceptibility to fractures. Bone loss most often occurs in the hips, wrists and spine.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s osteoporosis programs help women understand risk factors and implement steps to maintain healthy bones throughout their lives.
To help determine your risk of osteoporosis, we perform a comprehensive bone densitometry study that reviews the density of your lumbar spine (low back) and hip bones. Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Advanced age
- Anorexia nervosa
- Being Caucasian or Asian
- Being female
- Being thin
- Current low bone mass
- Estrogen deficiency in women
- Family history
- Having a small frame
- Low lifetime calcium intake
- Use of alcohol
To treat or prevent osteoporosis, your physician may recommend joining our Osteoporosis CARE (Complete Aerobic and Resistance Exercise and Education) Therapy Program. In this unique program, a physical therapist will customize therapy designed to educate and train you in all aspects of osteoporosis prevention and treatment, including diet, lifestyle and body change, medical intervention guidance or weight-bearing exercise.
For more information, talk to your Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital physician.
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