Unlocking the Secrets to Bone Health: Insights from Dr. Michael Silverstein

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What is Bone Density?

Bone density refers to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. It is an important indicator of bone strength and overall skeletal health. Bone density is typically measured using a technique called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), which provides a detailed snapshot of bone health. It indicates whether a person has normal bone density, low bone density (osteopenia), or osteoporosis—a condition characterized by significantly weakened bones and a higher risk of fractures.

What Can Influence Bone Density?

Factors influencing bone density include age, gender, hormone levels, and lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. Maintaining optimal bone density is crucial for supporting the body’s structure and protecting against fractures, especially as one ages. Dr. Silverstein stated, “Bones are living organs. They are constantly remodeling, with new bone tissue being created and older tissue being broken down. As we age, we lose more bone than we form.” It’s this imbalance that may lead to decreased bone density and potential health problems.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis translates to ‘porous bone’ and is a progressive condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. Dr. Silverstein explained, “There are typically no symptoms in the earliest stages of bone loss. But once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that you need to take seriously.”

Managing Osteoporosis at Home

At Carnegie Women’s Health, our holistic treatment style allows you to improve your overall health even from the comforts of your own home. Here are some proactive steps from Dr. Silverstein to maintain and improve bone health:

  • Maintain a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  • Exercise regularly, with a focus on weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.
  • Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol consumption.

“Remember, bone health is a lifelong commitment,” Dr. Silverstein adds. “It’s never too late to start taking better care of your bones.”

Contact Us

At Carnegie Women’s Health, we’re more than your local OBGYN providers. We’re your partners in health, committed to delivering the highest standards of healthcare within our community. Whether you’re concerned about osteoporosis or have questions about your bone health, our team is here to help. Contact us by filling out our online contact form to learn more about your health condition.

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