Are you at risk for fractures?
You could be and not know it ―
you cannot feel your bones
Ask yourself the
Are you 65 or older?
Are you sedentary?
If you have answered “yes” to any of the questions,
talk to your doctor about a possible risk for osteoporosis.
As side effects go, this one flew below the radar.
Hope White knew she needed strong doses of steroids to wage her battle against a particularly virulent case of lupus. But she didn’t give much thought to the fact that those treatments to combat her auto-immune disease would make her susceptible to weakened bones.
In fact, when her doctor suggested that she — a young black woman — could acquire osteoporosis — a condition that hits mostly aging, white women — she was almost amused. More
Dr. Sherri-Ann M. Burnett-Bowie, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, readily admits aging bones come with the territory. More
Bones are living tissue that are constantly built up and torn down for repairs. During childhood and throughout the 20s, the body banks bone tissue. But right around age 30, the advantage shifts and the body begins to lose more bone than it builds. In time, bones become increasingly porous, often growing weaker and more fragile, which sets the stage for disabling fractures. This condition is called osteoporosis and affects eight million American women and two million men. Often, the very first clue is a broken bone. More