While bone health is important for everyone, it is especially important for women as they tend to develop osteoporosis more than men, especially during menopause. Women have less bone tissue than men – about 80% of Americans with osteoporosis are women.
The risk factors for bone loss and osteoporosis in women include:
Be sure to talk with your doctor about any risk factors you may have for bone loss or if you have any concerns based on your personal health history.
There are a few ways to be preventative about bone loss and osteoporosis, such as:
For women aged 65 or older or those who have risk factors for bone loss, Banner Health offers DEXA Bone Densitometry scans to measure your bone density and see how strong your bones are. DEXA tests are very similar to x-rays and should be performed every few years to prevent bone fractures and disability.
While older women are more at risk for bone loss or osteoporosis, it’s never too early to start caring for your bones. To maintain your bone strength, you can:
Whether it’s to be preventative or help manage your osteoporosis, the world-renowned staff at Banner Health is here to help with your bone health.