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What is osteoporosis?

Worldwide, every 3 seconds someone suffers an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis – a progressive disease in which bone mass deteriorates – affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50. The Bone Health Center at Sonoran Spine is a comprehensive practice dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and support of patients with osteoporosis as well as overall spinal health.


Meet one-on-one with our osteoporosis expert, Daniela Pal, PA-C to learn more about:

1. Fracture risk assessment
2. Review bone density scans (DEXA)
3. Customized treatment plans to promote bone health and reduce fracture risks

What causes osteoporosis?

Many risk factors, some you can change (modifiable) and others you cannot (non-modifiable).

Non-modifiable risk factors of osteoporosis:

  • Gender - Women get osteoporosis more than men.
  • Age - The older you are, the greater your risk.
  • Body size - Small thin women are at greatest risk.
  • Ethnicity - White and Asian women are at highest risk. Black and Hispanic women have a lower risk.
  • Family history - Osteoporosis tends to run in families. If a family member breaks a bone or has osteoporosis, there is a greater chance that you will too.

Osteoporotic BoneOther modifiable risk factors of osteoperosis:

  • Sex hormones - Low estrogen or testosterone levels can cause osteoporosis.
  • Calcium and Vitamin D intake - A diet low in calcium and Vitamin D mare you more prone to bone loss.
  • Medications - Some medications increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Activity level - Lack of exercise or prolonged bedrest can cause weak bone.
  • Smoking - Cigarettes are bad for the bones (heart, lungs and everything else.)
  • Drinking alcohol - Excessive alcohol can cause bone loss.

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