Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven
Internists located in Cheshire, CT & Guilford, CT
As you get older, or if you have nutritional deficiencies, you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition in which your bones become porous and fragile. The doctors at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven, in Cheshire, Guilford, Hamden, Milford, North Haven, Meriden, Wallingford, West Haven, and Stratford, Connecticut, offer DEXA bone density screenings. If you know your bones are thinning, you can take steps to protect your bones, prevent fractures, and protect your overall well-being. If you’re concerned about your bone density, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Bone Density Q & A
What is bone density?
When healthy, your bones should be solid and look like a dense honeycomb when viewed under a microscope, but they can become porous or thin due to issues associated with aging, nutritional deficiency, and certain illnesses and medications. When your bones lose density, your risk of fractures increases. The most common cause of bone density loss is osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become thin. Osteoporosis is often linked with aging and is more common in women than men. Other causes of osteoporosis include:
- Autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis
- Certain cancers and cancer treatments
- Neurological disorders
- Eating disorders
- Endocrine disorders like diabetes, thyroid disorders, and premature menopause
- Weight loss surgery and weight loss
You may not experience any symptoms of osteoporosis until you break a bone, so it is important to have bone density scans to monitor your bone density, especially if you have an increased risk of developing the disease.
How is bone density tested?
The doctors at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven use bone densitometry tools like DEXA scans to check your bone density. DEXA is the more commonly used name for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. It sends a small and controlled amount of radiation through your body, typically your hip or spine, to create images that reveal signs of osteoporosis.
Can I prevent osteoporosis?
You can reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis with healthy diet and exercise habits. For example, following a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can help develop and maintain healthy bone growth. You should also practice weight-bearing exercises like jogging or lifting weights to support healthy bone development.
How is low bone density treated?
While there is no cure for osteoporosis, the doctors at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven work with you to prevent or slow any further bone loss and help you protect yourself from bone fractures. Your doctor may suggest treatment including medications, nutritional changes, and physical therapy including weight-bearing exercises. You may benefit from hormone replacement therapy to prevent and manage osteoporosis.
Your doctor creates a customized treatment plan to help you manage and protect your health. If you have questions or concerns about bone density, call or schedule a consultation online today.
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