Women of all ages need to pay close attention to their bone health. This is especially true as they age, as conditions such as osteoporosis can become much more prevalent. Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that causes weakness of the bone tissue as well as tissue loss. This can make it much easier for women to experience fractures throughout the body. The risk of this condition is much higher for women than men, and it is estimated that approximately 50% of women above age 50 will suffer at least one fracture due to osteoporosis. To manage overall health and quality of life, it is best for patients to be proactive about preventing this condition.
At Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX, it is our goal to help women who are prone to developing osteoporosis reduce their risk of fractures. Our providers can create prevention plans for those who have personal risk factors or a health history that can lead them to develop osteoporosis. The approach we recommend might include many specialists, including primary care providers, orthopedists, and endocrinologists. Together, this team can work effectively to provide prevention or management of osteoporosis as part of one’s overall health and wellness desires.
Prevention options may vary depending on the age of the woman and her risk factors. In most cases, osteoporosis can be prevented with:
- Behavioral changes
- Alternative medicine
- Surgical interventions
- Improved nutritional diet
- Fall prevention techniques
- Regular exercise
- Hormone therapy (HRT)
Which prevention technique is best for me?
It is vital that women speak to their healthcare providers about osteoporosis and start learning about the ways in which they can reduce their risk. Women can work alongside their personal team to keep osteoporosis from becoming a serious and debilitating condition for them, limiting the daily activities they know and love.
Are you in need of women’s health care?
If you reside in Houston, TX and are interested in receiving quality care from our team of professionals at Northwest Women’s Center, we welcome you to contact our office at (281) 444-3440. Patients can make an appointment at our facility, located at 13215 Dotson Road, Suite #200.