Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 22, 2009)---May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of the people 50 years of age and older. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze.
Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help prevent osteoporosis later in life. Inocencio Cuesta, M.D., a Rheumatologist at Botsford Hospital, says, “People cannot feel their bones getting weaker. They may not know that they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. That’s why it is so important to start building your bone mass when you are a child.”
Dr. Cuesta recommends that adults and children optimize their bone health and help prevent osteoporosis by getting the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, exercising, avoiding smoking, staying on top of their bone health with a physician and having a bone density test when appropriate.
If you would like to be referred to a Botsford doctor about your bone health, please contact Botsford’s HealthMatch at (877) 442-7900.
A bone density scan measures the mass of your bones and assesses your risk of developing osteoporosis. You should schedule your first test by age 65 and repeat every five years. If you are underweight, have smoked, have a recent history of broken bones or if a family member has osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing. The test is effective in evaluating a person’s risk for osteoporosis and detecting the disease in the early stages. It is safe, non-invasive and painless.
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