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Osteoporosis

Prevention and treatment for brittle bones

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become thin and weak. Fortunately, osteoporosis can now be diagnosed before fractures occur, and fractures can be prevented by starting treatment early. At Legacy Health we offer a wide range of osteoporosis services to treat this widespread disease –– and better yet, to prevent it altogether.

Risk factors for osteoporosis

  • Being a woman, especially a thin, small-boned woman 
  • A family history of stooped posture and/or broken bones 
  • Advancing age, especially women who are post-menopausal 
  • Race: Women of Caucasian and Asian descent 
  • Experiencing menopause before age 45 
  • History of smoking 
  • Excessive use of alcohol or caffeine 
  • Poor intake of calcium through diet 
  • Inactive lifestyle 
  • Chronic use of certain medications 
  • Eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa

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