Frequently Asked Questions About Osteoporosis

As you get older, your body changes. Your bones change too, becoming thinner and more porous. This is a condition known as osteoporosis. Drs. Jacqueline Vo, Haihui Wang, and Mary Catherine Gibson at Rheumatology Center of Houston provide a wide range of medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. They have two convenient locations in Pearland, and Houston, TX, to help you.

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone condition commonly affecting older people and seniors. It’s caused by less new bone being created to replace old bone.

What Happens to Your Bones When You Have Osteoporosis?

When you have osteoporosis, your bones become weakened and less dense. Weakened bones mean you are more susceptible to fractures and broken bones.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis?

You may have osteoporosis if you:

  • Begin to have a stooped posture and difficulty standing up straight
  • Have lost inches in height over the years
  • Feel back and spine pain caused by collapsed vertebra
  • Are fracturing bones in your hip, spine, ankle, or wrist

What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis?

You are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis if you:

  • Are female
  • Are older
  • Are of white or Asian descent
  • Have a small body frame
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis

What Can I Do To Help Keep My Bones Strong?

To help keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis, you should:

  • Eat a diet high in protein from lean meats, soy, nuts, and legumes
  • Get at least 1200 mg. of calcium daily from low-fat dairy, green vegetables, soy, canned salmon or sardines, or supplements
  • Get at least 600-800 IU of Vitamin D from sunlight or supplements
  • Exercise regularly, including weight-bearing exercises like walking

Want To Know More?

To find out more about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis call Drs. Jacqueline Vo, Haihui Wang, and Mary Catherine Gibson at Rheumatology Center of Houston. You can reach them in both the Pearland, and Houston, TX, locations by calling (713) 640-5477, so call today.

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