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Bone Densitometry


Bone density screening enables your physician to identify whether you are at risk for fracture, by comparing your bone density to your own age group and to a younger age group. The test is completely painless, requires no special preparation and provides results in a few minutes.

About Bone Loss & Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility. The disease thins and weakens the bones and can make them so fragile that they will break. One out of every two women over the age of 50 is affected by osteoporosis, yet nearly 80% remain undiagnosed. Few women know that a quick and painless test, bone density screening, can detect bone loss associated with osteoporosis early, before it causes fractures

Osteoporosis Risk Factors:

  • Small, thin frame
  • Female
  • Caucasian ancestry
  • Asian ancestry
  • Early menopause
  • Family history
  • Dairy food avoidance
  • Never taken estrogen
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Smoker
  • Low vitamin D intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Post-menopausal women are not the only segment of our population at risk for bone loss. According to the L.A. Times, recent studies and new medical evidence indicate a link between those who train exclusively on a bicycle and an increased incidence of premature bone loss. In the cycle-friendly state of Oregon, the number of cyclists, both male and female, continues to rise. Today's cyclist should be aware.

Tips to Prevent Bone Loss

  • Good overall nutrition (include plenty of calcium and vitamin D)
  • Maintain a sensible weight
  • Alternate cycling with sports that involve running or jumping
  • Lift weights at least twice a week
  • Cut back on smoking, alcohol and soda (all known bone thinners)
  • Ask your doctor about bone density screening