One common condition as you age is a gradual decrease in bone density.
Bone density peaks around age 30 and can rapidly decrease in some people. We have an in-house bone density scanner (DXA) in our office for your convenience and rapid evaluation.
Risk Factors for Bone Loss
Being female, thin, low-calcium diet, smoking, inactive lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and early menopause are all risk factors for developing a loss in bone density.
Symptoms of Bone Density Loss (Osteopenia)
If you notice the early signs of bone density loss you can prevent the eventual development of osteoperosis.
Blood tests may indicate a high-than average blood calcium level. High calcium in the blood can be an indicator that you are not reabsorbing calcium normally.
In addition, experiencing several bone fractures or broken bones from normal activities may indicate that you need to have a bone density scan.
Causes of Bone Density Loss (Osteoperosis)
Age-Related Bone Density Loss
Most older women need bone-density monitoring because as their estrogen-levels drop, so does the ability to renew bone density.
It is recommended that women over 65, women over 60 with high risk factors, and men over 70 should all have routine bone density scans.
Thyroid Dysfunction and Bone Density Loss
The development of parathyroids or thyroid dysfunction can rapidly decrease your ability to absorb calcium.
HIV Medication-Related Bone Density Loss
Many of the drugs used to suppress HIV can also decrease your ability to to reabsorb calcium. Therefore, it becomes necessary to monitor your bone density.