Concerns about bone density? We can help

Bone DensityBone Up on Bone Health

Sitting around—which many of us do too much of during the cold months—is a major risk factor of osteoporosis and low bone mass. The aging process also affects bone density, and women are far more prone to osteoporosis than men (an estimated 80% versus 20%). The good news is that stress on bones—such as walking or weightlifting—stimulates bone growth.

As you ease into physical activity again or have any concerns about bone density, we can help! The best way to detect osteoporosis accurately is a low-radiation form of X-ray technology called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry or DXA (pronounced “dexa”). DXA is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss. The DXA test can also assess your risk for developing fractures. If your bone density is found to be low, you and your physician can work together on a treatment plan to help prevent fractures before they occur.

As you get moving again, ease back into weight-bearing activities, ask your PacMed doctor about DXA if you have bone concerns—and if you drink milk, save up your cartons for a team or your own boat at July’s Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake!

The best place to start your journey to improved bones is with your primary care doctor. If you are looking for a new doctor, explore the PacMed clinics and our primary care services. We also offer DXA scans and nutrition counseling with our registered dietitians .