Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become thin, brittle, and weak. These changes can increase the risk of fractures. Fractures can lead to disability. Fractures caused by osteoporosis have been linked to an increased risk of death.

Osteoporosis occurs five times more often in women than in men.

The following factors cause or contribute to osteoporosis and fractures:

  • Certain medications
  • Diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus
  • Low calcium intake
  • Vitamin D insufficiency
  • Excess vitamin A
  • High caffeine intake
  • High salt intake
  • Aluminum (in antacids)
  • Alcohol (three or more drinks per day)
  • Inadequate physical activity or being immobile
  • Smoking (active or passive)
  • Falling
  • Being thin

In a bone mineral density (BMD) test, bone density is measured at the heel, spine, hip, hand, or wrist. Several types of BMD tests are available. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) of the hip and spine is considered to be the most accurate BMD test available.

This information was provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For more information on osteoporosis click HERE.

Bonner General Health provides DEXA screening in their Women's Imaging Center., call (208) 265-3349 to make an appointment. 

Sandpoint Women's Health treats osteoporosis. Call 208-263-2173 to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled providers or click the button below to request an appointment.