Did you know that Osteoporosis is one of the most debilitating diseases? It's also one of the most preventable and treatable. Holy Name's Breast Center provides bone density screenings for women and men, interpreted by a board-certified radiologist. Your scan and results will be mailed to your referring physician.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 201-833-7100. You may also use the online form to request a bone density test. A physician's referral is required.
The risk factors for osteoporosis include:
Osteoporosis prevented and treated by:
- Prolonged exposure to certain medications, such as steroids used to treat asthma or arthritis, anticonvulsants, certain cancer treatments, and aluminum-containing antacids.
- Chronic disease that affects the kidneys, lungs, stomach, intestines and hormone levels.
- Lifestyle habits (smoking, excessive alcohol use, low calcium intake, inadequate physical exercise.)
- Age (bone loss increases with age).
- Race (white men are at greatest risk, but men from all ethnic groups do develop osteoporosis.)
- Recognizing and treating any underlying medical conditions that affect bone health.
- Identifying and evaluating the use of medications that are known to cause bone loss.
- Stopping smoking and the excessive use of alcohol.
- Taking vitamin D supplements of at least 400 IU but not more than 800 IU daily if exposure to sunlight is inadequate (at least 10 minutes per day).
- Weight-bearing exercises performed regularly (walking, jogging, racquet sports, stair climbing, and team sports).
- Lifting weights or using resistance machines appears to help preserve bone density. If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, have your doctor evaluate your exercise program before you begin. Twisting motions and impact activities may need to be stopped depending on the severity of your condition.
- Taking medications such as alendronate (Fosamax) and risedronate (Actonel).
- Physicians may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy for men with low testosterone levels. Calcitonin, given by injection or nasal spray, may be helpful.