Bone Health

Build healthy and strong bones

Most of us don’t think about our bones, unless we break one or are diagnosed with bone problems later in life. But taking steps to promote good bone health from an early age is one of the best things you can do for your body.

Women gain the majority of their bone mass during childhood and adolescence. In fact, by the age of 20, your bones are just about fully formed. As we age, our bones lose mass, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that results in low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Your bones become fragile and can fracture or break much easier. A bone density test — also called densitometry or DXA scan — determines whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of developing it. This simple procedure uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of your bone.

What can you do?

While genetics and lifestyle contribute to healthy bones, there are smart choices you can make to help keep your bones healthy:

• Consume enough calcium* and vitamin D** every day.
• Participate in regular weight-bearing or strength-training activities.
• Avoiding smoking and excess alcohol use.
• Talk with your doctor about bone health.
• Have a bone density test after age 50.

The specialists at the Center for Women’s Health can help you develop a plan to keep your bones healthy. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 920-262-4825.