Women's Health Texas – San Antonio

Osteoporosis

Our San Antonio OBGYNs discuss osteoporosis

Healthy bone is living tissue, so it’s constantly changing. Old bone is removed and replaced with healthy, new bone tissue. When you have osteoporosis, the formation of new bone tissue is not being created fast enough to replace the old bone that is being removed. This causes your bones to weaken, resulting in brittle and thin bones that more easily fracture. Our San Antonio OBGYNs want to educate women about this condition, which affects five times as many women as men, especially postmenopausal women.

Sometimes the symptoms do not become apparent for many years

People often refer to osteoporosis as a silent disease. You can have it for years before you notice any symptoms. Often the first symptoms don’t appear until the condition has progressed. Symptoms include a unexplained broken bone, losing height or curvature of the spine. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact our San Antonio OBGYNs and staff.

There are several risk factors

Menopause is the biggest risk factors for women because of a decrease in estrogen production. The hormone estrogen is an important component in protecting against bone loss. Less estrogen, combined with the effects of normal aging on bone, raises the risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Other risk factors our San Antonio OBGYNs look for include the following traits.

  • Being Caucasian and Asian
  • Having a parent or sibling with osteoporosis
  • Having a small body frame or low weight, below 127 pounds
  • Taking certain medications, such as steroids
  • Having excess thyroid hormones
  • Using tobacco
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Excessively using alcohol, or drinking more than two drinks per day
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle

Preventing osteoporosis

The good news about osteoporosis is that there are lifestyle changes you can make that will help prevent the condition. The first action you can take is to eat a healthy diet that provides enough calcium and vitamin D. Our San Antonio OBGYNs recommend that women ages 18 to 50 get 1000 IU (international units)/day of calcium, and women 50 and over get 1200 IU/day.

In addition, you should strive for 600 to 800 IU/day of vitamin D. Many women may not be able to achieve these levels through diet alone, so they will need to take supplements.

Another prevention tip is to add weight-bearing exercise to your routine. Some examples include walking, jogging, skiing, climbing stairs or jumping rope. For your upper body, strength training is effective.

Finally, our San Antonio OBGYNs recommend that you quit smoking and avoid drinking more than two drinks/day.

We care about every aspect of women’s health, including osteoporosis

Every woman, particularly post menopausal women, should be aware of osteoporosis and the risk of fracture. contact us to talk to our San Antonio OBGYNs and staff about this condition