It's a part of life, as we age our bones aren't as strong as they used to be. However, you can oppose some of nature's effects if you take preventative steps toward improving your bone health. So, what exactly is the importance of bone density imaging and why does it matter?
Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease and affects both women and men generally over the age of 50. The disease disproportionately affects women who are at greater risk due to overall lower bone densities and a drop in estrogen levels with the onset of menopause. Due to the body’s inability to adequately produce bone and bone tissues, sufferers may exhibit symptoms such as pain and tenderness, fractures, loss of height, lower back or neck pain or stooped posture. Because bone deterioration can often not be felt, some sufferers do not know they have the disease until the fragility of the bones causes a fracture. Yikes!
Bone mineral density testing is crucial in determining the risk of osteoporosis, especially if:
- There is a family history of the disease
- A patient had hormone treatment for breast or prostate cancer
- The patient has a low body weight
Bone mineral density testing painlessly measures the amount of bone present within a patient, which can be used to diagnose osteoporosis or determine the risk of fracture in the future. A variety of tests may be used to measure bone density and the good news is that all of these tests are painless! The preparation is simple, just remove all jewelry and prepare to lie still during testing.
Preventing osteoporosis and maintaining good bone health begins early in life. Building bone strength includes a proper intake of nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and magnesium as well as potassium, boron and zinc. Getting regular exercise and abstaining from smoking and drinking excessively can contribute to better bone health. Bone density testing is especially encouraged for women over 65 or for postmenopausal women who have suffered a fracture and have increased risk factors for the disease.
Your bone health is crucial, especially as you grow older. It's important to begin taking preventative measures and also schedule an appointment with us for bone density testing. Let Advanced Imaging Centers take care of your bone density needs. We're always on your side and want to ensure you're at the best health that you can possibly be!