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Osteoporosis: Prevention and Treatment

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become brittle and weak. Women with osteoporosis are more likely to experience bone fractures, which can be harmful if left untreated.

Bone density testing is an effective method of staying ahead of conditions like osteoporosis. This test is often done using a DEXA scan, which screens bone mineral density in the wrist, hand, hip, spine, or heel. The scan lasts three to 10 minutes.

Once your results are available, your provider will be in contact to go over them in depth. If osteoporosis is detected during testing, your provider will work with you to determine the right treatment plan and answer any questions you have moving forward.

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, which is why routine testing is an essential part of women’s healthcare. There are several risk factors for this condition, including:

  • Women 65 years or older
  • A family history of fractures
  • Excessive smoking or alcohol use
  • Women who are underweight
  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes

When to Schedule Bone Density Testing

Most women will need to schedule bone density testing starting at age 65. However, we also recommend that women younger than 65 schedule testing if they have any high-risk factors and have gone through menopause.

The benefit of regularly seeing your Premier Women’s Health provider throughout your life is that we understand your health needs and preferences. Your provider will make personalized recommendations based on your symptoms, age, health history, and any additional concerns you may have. 

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider About Bone Density Testing

At Premier Women’s Health of Minnesota, we continue to provide comprehensive care for women as they age. Routine bone density testing prevents conditions like osteoporosis from causing harmful fractions, allowing our dedicated providers to create the right treatment plan for you.

If you are 65 or older or have risk factors for osteoporosis, contact your provider to schedule bone density testing today.