Are you a woman who is concerned about her bone health? Are you curious to know whether you are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones over time, making them more susceptible to fractures and breaks. Women face an increased risk because they have naturally thinner bones, which start to lose strength after menopause. Because estrogen helps protect bones, post-menopausal women face an increased risk of developing osteoporosis as their estrogen levels decrease.
Fortunately, Dr. Desi Sahni, a spine surgeon at Capital Brain and Spine Surgery Center in Austin, Texas, can show you how to take care of yourself to decrease your risk as much as possible, as well as evaluate your medical history to determine your risk.
Approximately 10 million people in the United States are diagnosed with osteoporosis each year, but women make up about 8 million. It is estimated that one in two women above 50 will suffer broken bones as a result of osteoporosis. The risk of women breaking a hip from osteoporosis is equal to the risk of developing breast cancer.
It’s possible to receive a diagnosis only after you break a bone, but Dr. Sahni can determine your risk with X-rays and by assessing your bone density. You may also have osteoporosis if you experience chronic back pain, loss of height as you age, and stooped shoulders. The spine is particularly vulnerable to the effects of osteoporosis; it can fracture just by coughing or tripping.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects women of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures. But developing good lifestyle habits can help reduce your chances of developing this disease and promote healthy bone density.
Osteoporosis treatment is largely focused on preventing broken bones. Dr. Sahni will recommend lifestyle changes depending on your risk, such as avoiding stairs, going outside when it’s icy, or avoiding certain exercises and sports. He may also prescribe medication that helps build up your bones to prevent breakage and relieve back pain, so you can still participate in activities that you love.
If you are concerned you may have osteoporosis, or want to learn more about your risk for developing it as you age, you can reach Dr. Sahni at 512-361-1165, or book an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you.