Osteoporosis Specialist

Did you know that 44 million people in the United States have bone density problems, including osteoporosis? Sadly, osteoporosis causes one out of every two women to fracture a bone at some point in her lifetime. The medical team at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group wants you to know what steps you can take to protect your bone health. If you live in the Los Angeles or Ventura County area, make an appointment today to learn more.

Osteoporosis Q & A

Simi Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that decreases bone density. Both men and women can develop osteoporosis, but it's more common in women. The condition causes the bone to take on a sponge-like density, softening the bone and opening up holes. This density makes it easier for the bone to break. Fractures are often the first sign of osteoporosis.

What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?

Several conditions and lifestyle habits put you at higher risk of developing osteoporosis. They include:

  • History of broken bones as an adult
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Low calcium in your diet
  • Poor overall nutrition
  • Malabsorption conditions
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Chemotherapy
  • Early loss of menstruation
  • Chronic inflammation disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Vitamin D deficiency

If you have any of these risk factors, regular bone density screenings are critical. Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group can help.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis causes no symptoms until a bone breaks, so many people who have the condition don't know it. That's why the team at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group recommends regular bone density screenings for women who have risk factors for osteoporosis as well as all women age 65 and older, regardless of risk factors.

How can a woman prevent osteoporosis?

Women can decrease the risk of osteoporosis from developing or progressing with a few lifestyle changes. These include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Getting regular exercise, including weight-bearing exercise
  • Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
  • Stopping the use of medications that contribute to bone loss

If you're at risk for osteoporosis or have a diagnosis, you may be able to take medication to stop bone loss, increase bone strength, and increase bone formation.

How can an OB/GYN help with osteoporosis treatment and prevention?

The only way to know if you have osteoporosis is with diagnostic testing, which is quick and painless. The medical team at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group can assist with ordering the diagnostic tests, prescribing medications to prevent osteoporosis, and guide you toward lifestyle changes that protect your bone health.

Bone health is something to take seriously. Make an appointment with Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group to do what's necessary to protect yours.

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1147 Red Tail Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: 805-527-8055
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