Bone Density

Need a Reason to Get Your Bone Density Checked?

Make no bones about it, osteoporosis is rampant in America. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones.” It is a major public health problem that is characterized by low bone mass and increased susceptibility to fractures, primarily of the hip, spine, and wrist. Although the disease is more prevalent among women, it does affect men, as well.  The good news is that there is something you can do naturally to prevent and reverse bone loss.

Check out these facts:

  • Osteoporosis is a potentially crippling disease that affects over 75 million people worldwide.
  • Osteoporosis is one of the most preventable diseases today.
  • Each year over one million people have a hip fracture which can devastate a person’s ability to walk unassisted, and in 50% of the cases, a person may never regain their independence.
  • Your bone health determines your risk for osteoporosis.
  • Lifetime risk – 1 in 2 people will develop osteoporosis.

Risk Factors for Bone Loss

Do you smoke?
Do you drink soda?
Have you experienced hormonal imbalance in your life?
Are you physically inactive?
Have you broken a bone?
Is your vitamin D level below the normal range?

Side Effects of Osteoporosis Drugs

If you think pharmaceutical drugs are the answer to bone loss, think again. Here are a few of the many side effects of osteoporosis drugs:

Fractures of the femur
Joint, bone and muscle pain
Jaw bone decay
Ulcers of the esophagus
Irregular heartbeat

Bone Density Scan

The best way to find out if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia is to get a bone mineral density test. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we use a Hologic DEXA scan for diagnosing bone density. DEXA is the most superior technology for measuring bone health. It is the preferred method of testing. DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) scan is the most acceptable modality worldwide for the diagnosis and quantification of osteoporosis.

DEXA scan technology uses a very low dose of X-ray to measure the bone density at your hip and spine. It’s a simple and quick, test that literally takes just 10 minutes! It’s non-invasive and painless. It is ideal for all women and men 40 and over to have a baseline study. Early diagnosis and treatment may significantly reduce the risk of possible fracture.

Your Hotze Health & Wellness Center practitioner will then work with you to customize a natural, nontoxic solution to improve the strength of your bones!

*A physician referral is needed to take this test.

*Appointments are available during your office visit.

Call 281-579-3600 to schedule your bone density today!