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Bare bones

May 20

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5/20/2016 10:08 AM  RssIcon

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Our bones are a framework of 206 changing structures, always changing from the set we started with. Molecules in your bones rotate in response to what your bones need and how well you nourish them.



About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the condition where bones become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. 

Approximately 80 percent of osteoporosis cases are in women. Low body weight, low estrogen levels, an irregular menstrual cycle, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking and drinking alcohol all are risk factors of osteoporosis. 

Women 40-64 who are at high risk for osteoporosis are covered by insurance for the bone density exam. For women 65 or older, Medicare covers an annual bone density exam.

Osteoporosis In Men

Men who are 50+ are more likely to develop osteoporosis than they are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Much of the advice for men who are at risk is similar to that for women; eat well, move more and talk to a health care provider about whether a bone density test is important for you.

Bone Density

To stay on top of your bone health, CTMC acquired the Horizon™ Bone Densitometry system. The scanner provides diagnostic images for early detection of osteoporosis. It is also used to interpret whole body composition for athletes and those trying to manage weight. 

Another advantage is the visualization of calcification that can indicate heart disease, lumbar spine and femur studies. The 
scan itself is no more invasive than an X-ray.  

Body Mass Information

The only thing your bathroom scale tells you is your association with gravity, which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to gain muscle or lose fat. Athletes typically have denser bones and muscles than non-athletes, so their measurements often underestimate body fat percentage. 

Conversely, the body fat of elderly patients — especially those with osteoporosis — may be overestimated due to these body density assumptions. DXA scanning gives you accurate and precise information to help with your goals. CTMC plans to provide the DXA body scanning in the future.

To schedule a bone density scan, call 512.753.3733.




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