What do I need to know about bone health?
First let’s take a little quiz to test your bone health IQ:
1) To maintain good bone health, adults between the ages of 19-50 years old should intake:
a. 800 mg of calcium daily
b. 1,000 mg of calcium daily
c. 2,000 mg of calcium daily
2) More than 8.9 million bone fractures occur annually in the United States.
3) How are bone conditions such as osteoporosis medically diagnosed?
a. Discussion of symptoms and medical history with your healthcare provider
b. Bone densitometry
c. Skeletal x-rays
d. All of the above
The answer key is at the bottom of this post. How many did you get correct? If you got any less than 3 out of 3, allow us to help you improve your bone health IQ…
What is bone density and why is it important?
Bone density, or bone mineral density, is the amount of bone mineral in bone tissue. This is a critical component to understanding whether you have low bone mass. Low bone mass and generally unhealthy, weak bones can leave you susceptible to a variety of concerns including easily broken or fractured bones as well as development of osteoporosis.
How do you measure bone health?
A bone density test or scan—such as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry or “DEXA”—can help you understand your overall bone health and determine:
- Likelihood of breaking a bone
- Level of risk for developing osteoporosis
- Whether or not an osteoporosis medication or treatment plan is working
- If your bone density is improving, getting worse, or staying the same over time
Who should have a bone density test?
The simplest answer: anyone with bones!
That being said, there are certain risk factors that a person may have that would lead a medical professional to recommend a bone density test or bone scan:
- Older age
- Family history of low bone density or osteoporosis
- Diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis
- Body composition – petite and thin women has a high chance of developing osteoporosis
- History of broken bones
- If you’ve broken a bone after age 50
- Height loss of ½” or more within a one-year period
Affinity Health is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that measures bone density. Interested in receiving a comprehensive overview of your bone health? Request an appointment online or call us to schedule your appointment at our Oak Brook office.
Bone Health IQ Answer Key:
1) B (source: https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/bone-health-life-health-information-basics-you-and-your-family)
2) A (source: https://americanbonehealth.org/fast-facts/)