Osteoporosis is a bone disease commonly described as “thinning” or “porous” bones. Bones are living tissue, constantly being rebuilt. With osteoporosis, the rate of bone loss is greater than that of bone rebuilding. This results in weak, brittle bones that break easily.
Developing good, strong bone structure early in life through exercise and good nutrition decreases the chance of osteoporotic fractures. We recommend that all women of reproductive age discuss optimal bone health during their annual visits. Screening for osteoporosis should usually begin once a woman enters menopause, but if you are at increased risk, screening should begin earlier.
Ask your doctor during your next visit to our office whether you should be tested for osteoporosis.