Densitometry- Bone density scan: the only way to detect Osteoporosis.
Densitometry is quick, safe and completely painless. The measurements are done within minutes. The main purpose of densitometry is the early detection of osteoporosis.
A disease that weakens bones, where a fall from standing height is sufficient for a bone fracture.
We CAN NOT CURE osteoporosis, we can only INHIBIT ITS PROGRESS. That’s why early detection is key.
TAKE ACTION TODAY AND KEEP YOUR BONES STRONG IN ELDERLY YEARS!
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a systemic, degenerative bone disease that is characterized by gradual loss of bone mass and bone weakening, making them more vulnerable to fractures.
The most common fractures:
- Vertebral fracture
- Hip fracture
- Fracture just above the wrist
- Fractures of the spine caused by osteoporosis can lead to pain, loss of height and changes in posture, such as the ‘dowager’s hump’. This hump is caused when spinal fractures are compressed due to the force of gravity, resulting in an abnormal bending forward of the spine called kyphosis.
Osteoporosis is also called a silent disease because it shows no symptoms and does not cause pain, the first sign is a bone fracture. We can not avoid it completely, because it’s naturally part of aging.
Bone formation overtakes its breakdown until the maximum bone mass is reached, which happens around the age of 30. Then bone resorption is greater and bone mass decreases.
WHATS THE IMPACT OF OSTEOPOROSIS?
Globally, an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds. Hip fractures are associated with chronic pain, reduced mobility, disability and loss of independence: 10-20% of patients require long-term nursing care.
One in three women will experience osteoporotic bone fracture after age 50. The same is true for one in five men.
Women are even more at risk for osteoporosis, due to faster loss of bone density during and after menopause. The reason is reduced estrogen, which is a natural inhibitor of bone resorption.
Risk factors for osteoporosis:
- family predisposition for osteoporosis
- lack of calcium in the diet
- Vitamin C, D and K deficiency
- Low body mass index (BMI)
- lack of physical activity
- excessive alcohol drinking
- early menopause, before the age of 45
- Bone fracture from a standing altitude after 45years of age
- overactive Thyroid
- Cortical steroids medication
- Big drop in hormone levels
- Periods have stopped or are irregular but not caused by pregnancy or menopause
- Organ transplant
- Loosing more than 1.5 inches of your adult height
- Posture has gotten more hunched
- Continous back pain without any cause