Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans. When left untreated, it can result in fractures, most commonly, fractures of the wrist, spine, and hip. There are typically no symptoms associated with osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. A diagnosis of osteoporosis is most commonly made after a fracture has occurred.
Though it’s not typically diagnosed in people until age 65 and beyond, doctors say people need to be aware of the risk factors of the disease when they hit 50 years old.
Smoking and alcohol consumption can also increase your risk of developing osteoporosis at a younger age, while drinking an excess amount of soda can leach much-needed calcium from your bones.
Regular screening DXA exams should be performed on women over 65 and men over 70, but if you are over 50 and have had a recent fracture from a ground level fall, contact Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists at (877) 608-1414 to ask your doctor about scheduling a DXA scan.