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What your doctor in Haddon Heights wants you to know.
As you get older, you may be thinking more about your health. Your body changes as you get older, along with your health. You may develop medical conditions often associated with age. One of these conditions is osteoporosis, caused by a greater rate of bone loss than bone formation in the body leading to a decrease in bone mass or density.
Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon Heights wants to share the facts about osteoporosis. He proudly serves the residents of Haddon Heights, and all of South Jersey, Hammonton, and Camden County, NJ, and he can help you too. He is a Board certified Rheumatologist by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Osteoporosis can be very subtle and appear with no signs or symptoms that you are losing bone mass until you have osteoporosis. There are a few signs and symptoms you may recognize, including:
- A stooped posture and inability to stand up straight
- A loss of 2 or more inches in height over the years
- Back and spine pain caused by collapsed vertebra due to fractures and these can be painless in 30% of patients.
- A DEXA or bone density scan is the best study to detect this condition
Your bones will also fracture more easily. Typical fracture sites include the spine especially the mid-back area, hips, shoulders, ankles, and wrists. Symptoms only occur when there is an active fracture and is otherwise a silent disease making recognition more challenging. Awareness is the key.
There is increased risk of developing osteoporosis in women, older age groups, white more than non-white races, Asian descent, small body frame less than 127 pounds, early menopause, or have a family history of osteoporosis or fractures. Increased alcohol and caffeine intake and unstable gait or balance are other risks factors for osteoporosis and fractures.
Menopause often initiates the onset of osteoporosis because lowered levels of hormones in women begin to accelerate bone loss. Excessive thyroid and parathyroid hormone states can also cause loss of bone at elevated levels. Other medical conditions can also increase bone loss and increase fracture risk in patients, especially those requiring steroids for various conditions.
There are many steps you can take to try to prevent or minimize bone loss and the effects of osteoporosis by changing your diet and doing resistive exercise. Your diet should include adequate amounts of:
- Protein from various sources including lean meats, soy, nuts, and legumes
- Calcium with at least 600 to 1200 mg. from various sources including low-fat dairy, green vegetables, soy, or canned salmon or sardines
- Vitamin D3 with at least 1000 IU from various sources including sunlight and oral supplements
You should also take steps to get adequate exercise to keep your bones strong. Great exercises to prevent osteoporosis include strength training, weight-bearing and balancing exercises.
For more detailed information about osteoporosis please visit the Osteoporosis page on Dr. Fisher’s website and blogs at http://www.markfishermd.com/osteoporosis.html
If you notice some of the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis, it’s time to visit an expert. Call Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon Heights, NJ, serving the residents of Haddon Heights, Hammonton, and Camden County, and all of South Jersey. Awareness and early recognition are the best ways to intervene and treat early and have a successful management of this disease.
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Reuters reports that the incidence of hip fractures in older women in the U.S. is rising after more than a decade of decline, according to a large new study of Medicare recipients.
Researchers analyzed Medicare claims data from 2002 to 2015, from more than 2 million women age 65 or older. They found that hip fracture rates declined each year from 2002 to 2012, the researchers found. But starting in 2013, hip fracture rates leveled off and were higher than expected.
Increases in fracture rates were prominent in women ages 65 to 69, which had risen by 2.5 percent, and in women ages 70 to 74, which had risen by 3.8 percent, from 2014 through 2015.
The net results is more than 11,000 additional estimated hip fractures over the time periods 2013 to 2015.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women age 65 or older get screened for osteoporosis with a type of X-ray called a DEXA scan to measure bone loss. Postmenopausal women under age 65, with risk factors for osteoporosis, should also be screened. Risk factors include a family history of osteoporosis, diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, the use of certain medications, and smoking and drinking alcohol.
Osteoporosis screening by DEXA or bone density exams is critical since there is a 25% mortality risk over 1 year and 25% risk of functional limitation after hip fractures. This is a TREATABLE DISEASE and prevention is key!!
The International Osteoporosis Foundation says osteoporosis affects about 200 million women worldwide. This unfortunate condition causes about 8.9 million fractures a year and occurs mainly in women over the age of 50. Learning to protect yourself from osteoporosis can help you lead a normal and healthy life. Find out more about osteoporosis with Dr. Mark Fisher in Haddon Heights, NJ.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition affecting the bones. When a patient suffers from osteoporosis, the bones become brittle and easily broken. The hip, spine and wrist are most prone to osteoporosis development. Additionally, women are more at risk for the condition than men though both sexes can develop it. Older individuals are also more prone to osteoporosis than younger people.
Do I have osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis does not normally produce symptoms in its earliest stages. As the disease progresses, you may begin experiencing a more stooped posture, shrinking or loss of height, and back pain. You may also notice that your bones fracture much more easily. If you believe you are suffering from osteoporosis, you should consult with Dr. Fisher as soon as possible to prevent further injuries.
Protecting Yourself from Osteoporosis in Haddon Heights, NJ
Preventing osteoporosis begins early in your life by committing to a healthy and active lifestyle. Your diet should be high in calcium and you should avoid smoking and heavy drinking. It is never too late to begin leading a healthier and more active lifestyle in order to prevent osteoporosis. If you have already developed the condition, you may find exercise will help strengthen your body to help prevent fractures. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of action to either protect yourself from or live with osteoporosis. There are very effective medications available both orally and by injection to reduce bone loss and the risks of fractures.
For more information on osteoporosis, please contact Dr. Fisher in Camden County, NJ. Call (856) 547-8004 to schedule your examination with Dr. Fisher today!