Nearly 50 percent of all women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. And, if that statistic isnâ€™t daunting enough; one in five patients over the age of 50 will die in the year following a hip fracture as a result of medical complications. The prognosis for those diagnosed with the disease doesnâ€™t have to be a grim one. Although osteoporosis isnâ€™t curable, it is treatable.
Osteoporosis occurs when bones become weak or brittle, usually due to a lack of calcium and other important minerals. In the early stages, itâ€™s likely that you wonâ€™t have many symptoms and thatâ€™s why it is essential to get screened, which is usually done with a bone density scan. As with most medical conditions, the earlier you catch it, the better. The age at which you should consider regular screenings is dependent upon many factors; including, family history, medications you are taking, how many broken bones you have had and menopause.
Boca Raton Regional Hospitalâ€™s Christine E. Lynn Womenâ€™s Health & Wellness Institute offers a range of sophisticated diagnostics, like the bone density scan, to assess you risk for osteoporosis or to detect it before symptoms appear. In addition, should the need arise, the Institute will provide you with effective treatment plans that can stop or slow bone loss and reduce your risk of fracture.
Wishing wonâ€™t prevent osteoporosis. But getting screened for it can. Call (561) 955-5000 or visit www.brrh.com.