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Common Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

We’ve all heard horror stories of seniors breaking bones and never quite recovering. However, few people know that osteoporosis is the potentially deadly cause behind most older people’s fragility. More than 53 million people in the United States are at high risk for osteoporosis or have already developed it. Many of these people might not be diagnosed until they’ve experienced a painful injury.  

Dr. Brian Subach and the team at Subach Spinal Solutions in the Arlington, Virginia, area provide bioidentical hormone therapy to help slow or halt the loss of bone mass due to osteoporosis. Don’t wait for a serious fracture to address your bone health; the earlier you begin treatment after being diagnosed with osteoporosis, the stronger you’ll be. 

Osteoporosis basics 

Every bit of living tissue in your body is constantly being lost and replaced, including your bones. Contrary to popular belief, your bones are not solid; they actually contain many small pores inside. 

Osteoporosis occurs when bone mass is lost within these pores, but your body fails to replace it. This leads to low bone density, which leaves your skeleton brittle and fragile. There are many factors that can put you at risk for osteoporosis, including: 

Sex

Women are at higher risk of osteoporosis, and this risk increases with every child they have. When menopause hits, hormone levels drop, also increasing risk. 

Family history 

Like many diseases, osteoporosis has ties to your genetics. If you have family members with bone loss, you may be at risk.Whites and Asians are also more likely to develop osteoporosis. 

Age and body type

As you get older and your body’s natural processes slow down, your likelihood of osteoporosis gets higher. Smaller people have less bone mass to draw from, which increases their risk.

Medication use or illness

Long-term use of corticosteroids can affect your body’s bone-rebuilding. So can chronic illness or diseases, including eating disorders, Celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Treating osteoporosis 

Treatment for osteoporosis can vary depending on its severity. You might be prescribed medications or lifestyle changes to minimize bone loss. Our office offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which can help slow down or prevent bone loss caused by osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis is often a silent disease, and you might not know you have it until you’ve broken a bone. If you have osteoporosis, have a family history of the disease, or think that you might be at risk, talking to a doctor is the first step to making sure you begin treatment and preventative care as soon as possible. 

Contact our Arlington, Virginia, office today by calling 571-732-0044 or requesting an appointment online.

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