Osteoporosis, or severe bone loss, each year affects more than 44 million Americans, including 55 percent of Americans aged 50 or older. It's known as the "silent disease" because osteoporosis causes bone to gradually weaken and become more fragile and likely to break.
Most people find out that they have osteoporosis either when they have bone density tests, or sadly, when they experience bone fractures. However, diagnosis that leads to treatment can improve bone health. And, prescription medications exist that help rebuild bone.
An inadequate diet, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use, smoking, genetic abnormalities, diseases that affect the kidneys, lungs, stomach or intestines, certain medications (such as steroids for asthma or arthritis), a decrease in estrogen or testosterone, and aging can all lead to severe bone loss. For this reason, women who have reached menopause and anyone over 45 years of age should talk to a physician about his or her risk for osteoporosis.
Botsford Hospital Osteoporosis Services offers real help to people who are at risk or have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Botsford Osteoporosis Services is overseen by a board-certified rheumatologist. Dr. Inocencio Cuesta offers many years of experience caring for osteoporosis patients. He works at Botsford Rheumatology. Contact his medical office by calling (248) 471-1549.
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