After menopause, the drop in your estrogen levels put you at risk for osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures. At Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd., the expert and helpful doctors recommend an in-office bone density test to evaluate your risk of osteoporosis and to devise a long-term bone-health plan. If you live in the Lake Forest or Grayslake, Illinois area, call the friendly Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. team to book a bone density test or use the online contact form.
A bone density test lets you know how strong are. Healthy bones are dense with minerals that keep them resistant to fracture. During the years after menopause, however, drops in the hormone estrogen lead to losses in bone density.
If you’re over age 50 or have gone through menopause, you should get a bone density test. Your doctor may also recommend a bone density test if you’ve fractured a bone, if you take steroids, or if you’ve undergone cancer treatments. You should get follow-up bone-density tests every two years.
A bone density test at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. is completely noninvasive and only takes a few minutes. The bone density test uses just a small, safe amount of radiation that’s less than that received for a chest X-ray.
The bone density tests determine how much bone loss you’ve experienced when compared to normal, healthy bones of younger women. That measurement is given in terms of a “T” score:
You’ll also get a Z score, which compares your results to women in your age group.
If your bone density test indicates that you have the significant bone density loss of osteopenia or osteoporosis, your doctor helps you minimize or stop subsequent bone loss.
Recommendations may include increasing the amount of calcium and Vitamins D and K in your diet, taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements, or taking medications that stop or reverse bone loss.
To keep your bones healthy, your doctors also recommend regular movement and exercise. In addition to a daily walk of at least 30 minutes, they may advise you to engage in low-, medium- or high-impact aerobic exercises that stress your legs, including:
Book your bone-density test today by calling the Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd., at their Lake Forest or Grayslake offices or requesting an appointment online.