LACONIA — World Osteoporosis Day is October 20, 2015 and LRGHealthcare wants local communities and patients to know more about osteoporosis and the risk factors and treatments available for better bone health.
Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and fragile. The result is that they break easily, even following a minor bump or fall from standing height. Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone (fracture) due to osteoporosis. Although fractures can occur in any part of the body, they most commonly affect the wrists, spine and hips. Fractures due to osteoporosis are a major cause of pain, long-term disability and loss of independence among older adults, and can even result in premature death.
"A balanced diet, combined with regular exercise, will help to optimize your bone health at all ages and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The size and the amount of bone contained in your skeleton changes significantly throughout life. Likewise, as you age, the specific nutritional needs of your skeleton change too", stated Cyndee Chapin, Director of Medical Imaging, Cardiology, Community Wellness and Neurology at LRGHealthcare.
A person's bone density can be measured by a machine that uses low levels of X-rays to determine the proportion of mineral in your bones. During this painless test, you lie on a padded table as a scanner passes over your body. In most cases, only a few bones are checked — usually in the hip, wrist and spine.
Treatment recommendations are based on an estimate of your risk of breaking a bone in the next 10 years using information from a bone density test. If the risk is not high, treatment might not include medication and might focus instead on lifestyle, safety and modifying risk factors for bone loss.
LRGHealthcare offers bone density testing at Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and Caring for Women. For more information on osteoporosis or to schedule an appointment, please contact 527-2899.
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