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See common myths and facts about osteoporosis.
Discuss your concerns about osteoporosis with your healthcare provider and obtain an order for DEXA bone density exam. For more information, call the Women's Center at (319) 398-6690. For scheduling, please call (319) 861-7778.
Fact: Men get osteoporosis, too. Women naturally have smaller, thinner bones than men, so they are at higher risk. However, 20% of those affected by osteoporosis are men. One in every four men and one in every two women older than 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
Fact: Getting enough calcium is important, but that alone is not enough to prevent osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is not a natural part of aging. Prevention of osteoporosis should begin during your youth and young adult life. The opportunity to build strong bones begins then. Make these steps a part of your life: a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D; weight-bearing exercise; a healthy lifestyle with no smoking or excessive alcohol intake; bone density testing and medications for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis when appropriate.
Fact: Age is a major risk factor, especially for those older than 65. But, those with the following characteristics also are at risk:
Talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risk for osteoporosis.
Fact: A bone density test can give your healthcare provider important information about the strength of your bones and your risk for fracturing a bone in the future. The bone densitometer uses small amounts of X-ray to measure the amount of bone mineral and this relates directly to bone strength.
Fact: This is a simple and comfortable exam. A bone densitometer looks like a large, padded exam table and measures bone density by using a small amount of radiation. You lie on your back, and a scanner passes over your spine and hip area. The test is painless and takes less than 10 minutes.