Women’s Center is Pleased to Offer Bone Health Services

Forget about sticks and stones…bad habits and aging most common culprits for broken bones

bone imageContributed by Abid Yaqub, MD, FACE, FACP, ECNU, CCD

You’ve likely heard that women are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis than men. But did you know that estrogen, a hormone that protects bones, decreases sharply when women reach menopause? That’s one of the main reasons why postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis. And while you can’t reverse the body’s aging process, there are things you can do to help prevent bone loss from occurring in the first place. I encourage women of all ages to develop healthy lifestyle habits such as eating a balanced diet (with plenty of calcium-rich foods), ensuring adequate Vitamin D intake, exercising daily, not smoking and limiting alcohol to prevent bone loss from occurring in the first place.

But how do you really know if your bones are strong? The best way to measure your bone density is with a simple, non-invasive test called a DEXA scan. Our state-of-the-art DEXA system stands out among its competitors because it offers superior image resolution, accuracy and precision, giving us an edge in the effective detection, diagnosis and monitoring of osteoporosis. Additionally, our DEXA system has the capability to diagnose vertebral compression fractures — a common issue for women over age 50.

The Women’s Center also offers convenient, in-office Reclast and Prolia treatments. These are drugs that work by slowing bone breakdown. They are administered through injection or IV infusion — freeing patients from the need to take drugs weekly or monthly. Best of all, we administer these in our office, so you don’t need to go to the hospital for treatment.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our bone health specialists, please call (513) 475-UC4U.

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