Osteoporosis occurs when the bones become less dense. This leads to a decrease in bone strength and a higher likelihood of broken bones. Often, bones become so brittle that a fall or mild stress results in a fracture. While it can happen anywhere in the body, an osteoporosis-related break is most common in the wrist, hip, and spine.
Osteoporosis is the most prevalent type of bone disease. While it affects all people, women of European and Asian decent are at the highest risk, especially if they are over 50. If you think you may have osteoporosis, contact Dr. Susan Baker at (310) 274-7770 to set up a consultation for Los Angeles osteoporosis treatment.
Common Symptoms of Osteoporosis
- Bone fractures that happen very easily
- Back pain
- Loss of height
- Stooped posture
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Causes of Bone Loss
- Drop in estrogen after menopause for women
- Drop in testosterone for men
- Extended confinement to bed
- Small frame size
- Thyroid problems
- Overactive parathyroid and/or adrenal glands
- Low calcium intake
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Tobacco use
- Lack of exercise
Osteoporosis can also be treated using a number of medications. These medications are designed to stop bones loss, increase bone strength, and help increase bone growth in the future. Your doctor will work with you to help decide what medications are right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How common is osteoporosis?
Q: Why are women at greater risk than men?
Q: What kind of exercise should I be doing to maintain healthy bones?
Q: How can I get more calcium in my diet?
Q: What is the role of Vitamin D in preventing osteoporosis?
Q: How is osteoporosis diagnosed?
Contact a Rheumatology Specialist in Beverly Hills Today!
Early detection is crucial when it comes to treating osteoporosis and other rheumatological conditions in Beverly Hills. So if you have or think you might have osteoporosis, contact Dr. Baker today. Dr. Baker has won a variety of awards, including “Most Compassionate Doctor” and “Patient’s Choice.” She is also Board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. Call today at (310) 274-7770 to schedule an appointment and start feeling better.
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