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Fractures & Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis

Fractures & Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis

Reduce your risk of post-menopausal bone fractures.Half of all post-menopausal women will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime. Risk of a second fracture is five times higher, especially in the first year. Ladies, it’s time to get educated about osteoporosis and its prevention. Osteopenia is lower than normal bone density that is not so low to be classified as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition of such low bone density that bones are brittle and fracture easily. Not everyone makes the connection between osteoporosis and these fractures. Diagnosis A duel x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is recommended for all women over age 65. Those over 50 or starting menopause who have risk factors should get a DEXA scan. Risk factors include a prior fracture from a fall at standing height, a parent experiencing a fracture of from the same sort of fall, or having a disease that puts you at risk of osteoporosis at a young age. The test is painless, fast and easy.