What you need to know about bone loss from the experts at Adventist Health Castle

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As we age, our bones age and change as well. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is at Adventist Health Castle where its state-of-the-art bone density machine can help diagnose a person’s bones, giving them a better picture of their bone health.

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone tissue that can make the bones brittle and fragile. Although it is not fatal, it can lead to dangerous consequences when a weakened bone breaks. For example, the mortality rate after a hip fracture is 50 percent. It is not the break that is fatal, but the results of an inability to get up and move around. One of the dangers in this case is deep vein thrombosis, an extremely serious condition that creates blood clots that can block veins in the lungs.

Death is not the only risk of osteoporosis. Someone who is laid up for a long time after a major bone fracture can feel isolated and alone, which may eventually manifest as physical illness. In addition, they may experience severe financial stress, sometimes leading to a loss of their home or their life savings. For these reasons, it is important to make sure you’re keeping track of your bone health.

A bone density scan is the most prevalent and practical way for your physician to learn about the health of your bones. Also known as a DEXA scan, this procedure uses X-rays to measure the mass of bone tissue. The test can result in three possible diagnoses: normal, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Women with no risk factors for osteoporosis should have an initial screening at age 65 then every two years after that. There are no screening recommendations for men who don’t have risk factors, but men with significant loss of height, diagnosed with low testosterone or taking hormonal therapy for prostate cancer should be tested.

About Adventist Health Castle
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and in Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities.

Its compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, it is transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.

For more information: adventisthealth.org