Your risk for osteoporosis

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) We face a lot of issues as we age, and one that strikes women more than men is the risk of osteoporosis. Dr. Mohammed Kawji, an endocrinologist and geriatric physician with the Spectrum Health Medical Group has some advice for understanding your risk. Your risk for osteoporosis can be increased by disorders like Hyperthyroidism or parathyroidism, smoking, alcoholism, malabsorption,  Advanced aging, and use of glucocorticoids like hydrocortisone, prednisone or dexamethasone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones becomes fragile and easy to fracture after minimal trauma. It’s estimated 2 million osteoporotic fractures occur in the United States every year. It’s a costly venture for the medical field with costs estimated to be $50 billion by 2040. The risk of osteoporotic fracture in any year is greater than the risk of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer combined. Osteoporosis can be complicated because it can cause decreased mobility, loss of independence and function, it’s a major cause of morbidity & mortality in older population. Treatments can include DXA scans, calcium and extra Vitamin D in your diet as well as exercise and medications that decrease bone loss or increase bone formation. Contact: Mohammed Kawji, MD, CCD Spectrum Health Medical Group Diabetes and Endocrinology 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 200 Grand Rapids, MI 49546 For further information or to schedule an appointment: 616.267.8950 shmg.org/DiabetesEndocrinology

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