Posts for: January, 2019
How your doctor in Camden County, and Southern New Jersey can help osteoporosis.
You have probably heard a lot about osteoporosis in the press and conversations. As you are getting older, you may be concerned if it may be affecting you. It is important to know that there is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis, and importantly, you should know that there are effective treatments to help your bones stay strong. Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon Heights, New Jersey offers several effective solutions to treat osteoporosis. He serves residents of Haddon, Heights, Hammonton, and Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties, New Jersey and he can help you feel better too!
What is osteoporosis? It is a medical condition which is caused by the loss of more bone than the body can produce. Low bone density can lead to higher risks for fractures and negative impacts on many other health and medical conditions. Osteoporosis can be a very threatening and morbid condition to those affected, and this problem must be treated very seriously and actively managed to the best of our abilities with due diligence. Recognition of this condition and keen awareness is key and paramount to doing this successfully.
Dr. Mark Fisher, Rheumatologist in Haddon Heights, NJ, is a specialist who actively cares for people with this condition and is very proactive and concerned about the proper assessment and management of osteoporosis and fracture risk and prevention in his patients.
There are 2 million fractures yearly in the U.S.
There are 54 million Americans with either low bone density or osteoporosis. Half of all women and a quarter of men over the age of 50 years will have a bone fracture in their lifetime. The risk for a hip fracture is equal to the risks combined for developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers. These risks for osteoporosis are seen across all racial groups with the greatest risks for bone loss noted in White and Asian women and less in Afro-American and Latino women. It is important to understand that this disease is seen in all such groups, and should be actively assessed and recognized in all women regardless of racial or ethnic backgrounds.
Achieving maximum peak bone mass as menopause is reached is important and this can lower risks for osteoporosis. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can also increase risks for bone loss. In addition, there are several other medical disorders and risk factors that result in osteoporosis.
You can help prevent or minimize bone loss by having a healthy diet and including regular exercise. Remember to:
Eat plenty of protein from lean meats, nuts, and legumes
Eat calcium-rich foods like low-fat dairy, salmon, or vegetables
Get enough vitamin D3 with at least 1000 IU from sunlight or supplements
Resistive Exercise with weights, weight bearing, and balancing exercises
If you think you might have osteoporosis or are concerned about possible bone loss, it is important to seek out the help of an expert. Your Rheumatologist Dr. Mark Fisher is a Board Certified Rheumatologist by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Your doctor may recommend medications called bisphosphonates and other new medications to help improve your bone density and reduce further bone loss and reduce your risks for fractures.
Osteoporosis can be very subtle with no early symptoms, but you don’t have to let it affect your life. To find out more about osteoporosis treatment call Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, serving residents of Haddon Heights, and all of South Jersey, Hammonton, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester County, NJ. Call now 856-547-8004, and protect your health!