Osteoporosis is a serious health concern, affecting nearly eight million women in the United States. Mahin Amirgholami, MD, FACOG, at West Hills OBGYN in West Hills, California as a women’s health expert committed to optimizing her patients’ health, provides screenings and treatment for osteoporosis. If you have concerns about bone health, call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Osteoporosis is a health condition that causes your bones to become brittle and weak, increasing the risk of bone fracture. Your bone is living tissue that’s repeatedly breaking down and rebuilding itself. Osteoporosis occurs when your bone building can’t overcome the breaking down.
Osteoporosis affects both men and women, but of the 10 million people in the U.S. with osteoporosis, 80% are women.
Women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis for a number of reasons. Common reasons include:
Your risk of osteoporosis significantly increases after menopause due to the loss of estrogen, which plays an important role in building and maintaining your bones. Higher estrogen levels after menopause may reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
It is important to note, however, that all women, regardless of age, are at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Dr. Amirgholami can determine if you have osteoporosis, or if you’re at risk, by doing a bone density test using a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan. This is a special X-ray that determines the mineral density of your bones using very low levels of radiation.
Given that osteoporosis symptoms are difficult to detect, you may not know you have it until you break a bone. Getting a DXA scan can help you stay on top of your bone health and prevent fractures. While you can break any bone at any time, the bones most at risk include:
If you have osteoporosis, you can break a bone while engaging in everyday activities, such as climbing the stairs, bending, or making a slight misstep.
Treatment for osteoporosis depends on your risk of fracture. If your risk is low, Dr. Amirgholami may recommend you limit certain activities in addition to making diet and exercise changes to improve bone health.
If you’re at an increased risk of fracture, she may prescribe medication to keep your bones strong. Hormone therapy also improves bone building and strength, while reducing menopausal symptoms.
For expert medical care and management of your osteoporosis, call West Hills OBGYN, or book an appointment online.