Managing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition which causes bones to become weak and brittle, and can result in painful fractures. Although osteoporosis is not curable, there are ways to manage it.

Although you can’t completely reverse osteoporosis, it can be managed every day through exercise and simple changes to your diet.

Women are four times more likely to get osteoporosis than men,
but men are still at risk for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors

Osteoporosis risk factors include:
  • Low body weight
  • Low sex hormones or menopause
  • Low calcium diet
  • Smoking
  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Being female

Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

Osteoporosis can be prevented with healthy habits such as regular exercise and a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Dr. Douglas will discuss all options with her osteoporosis patients and may also recommend medications to help manage their condition.

Osteoporosis Symptoms: When to See a Doctor

Many people are not aware that they have osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis warning signs include:

  • Gradual loss of height accompanied by a stooped posture
  • Wrist, spine or hip fractures
  • Loss of bone in the jaw revealed by dental x-rays
  • Sudden backache or severe back pain

Assessing Your Bone Health

All women above the age of 65 and most men over 70 years old should have a bone density scan performed. Both men and women over the age of 50 with two or more osteoporosis risk factors should have a bone density scan to assess their overall bone strength.

Osteoporosis: Care and Consultation

Dr. Douglas treats patients who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis to prevent future fractures. Dr. Douglas will provide consultation on adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, advising exercise, balance training, and fall prevention.

Osteoporosis Clinic. Grandmother with Child

Osteoporosis Care by Dr. Jillian Douglas

Dr. Douglas Can Help You Treat and Prevent Osteoporosis – Request Your Consultation Today!

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