Osteoporosis Scan day at The Centre

On Saturday 20th September we will be holding our annual Osteoporosis scan at The Centre, Old Harlow.

Osteoporosis is a disease affecting the skeleton causing bones to become thin and brittle. This ultimately leads to fractures or breaks occurring, most commonly to the hip, spine and wrist, The risk of fracture increases with age and is now the most common bone disease affecting the Western World today.

Hard Hitting Facts
Almost three million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis

In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone mainly because of poor bone health.

Osteoporosis is known as the silent disease with an individual being unaware of the condition until a fracture or break occurs.

40 women die as a consequence of hip fracture everyday, which is more than those dying from cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovaries combined.

Are you at risk?
A number of factors can increase the likelihood that you’ll develop osteoporosis — including your age, race, lifestyle choices, and medical conditions and treatments. Below is a detailed summary of these risk factors.

Unchangeable Risks
Some risk factors for osteoporosis are out of your control, including:

Your sex Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than are men.
Age The older you get, the greater your risk of osteoporosis.
Race You’re at greatest risk of osteoporosis if you’re white or of Asian descent.
Family history Having a parent or sibling with osteoporosis puts you at greater risk, especially if you also have a family history of hip fractures.
Frame size Men and women who have small body frames tend to have a higher risk because they may have less bone mass to draw from as they age.

Hormone Levels
Osteoporosis is more common in people who have too much or too little of certain hormones in their bodies. Examples include:

Sex hormones The reduction of estrogen levels at menopause is one of the strongest risk factors for developing osteoporosis. Women may also experience a drop in estrogen during certain cancer treatments. Men experience a gradual reduction in testosterone levels as they age. And some treatments for prostate cancer reduce testosterone levels in men. Lowered sex hormone levels tend to weaken bone.
Thyroid problems Too much thyroid hormone can cause bone loss. This can occur if your thyroid is overactive or if you take too much thyroid hormone medication to treat an underactive thyroid.
Other glands Osteoporosis has also been associated with overactive parathyroid and adrenal glands.
Dietary factors

Eating Habits
Osteoporosis is more likely to occur in people who have:

Low calcium intake A lifelong lack of calcium plays a major role in the development of osteoporosis. Low calcium intake contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.
Eating disorders People who have anorexia are at higher risk of osteoporosis. Low food intake can reduce the amount of calcium ingested. In women, anorexia can stop menstruation, which also weakens bone.
Gastrointestinal surgery A reduction in the size of your stomach or a bypass or removal of part of the intestine limits the amount of surface area available to absorb nutrients, including calcium.
Steroids and other medications

Long-term use of corticosteroid medications, such as prednisone and cortisone, interferes with the bone-rebuilding process. Osteoporosis has also been associated with medications used to combat or prevent:

Gastric reflux
Transplant rejection
Lifestyle choices

Bad Habits
Some bad habits can increase your risk of osteoporosis. Examples include:

Sedentary lifestyle People who spend a lot of time sitting have a higher risk of osteoporosis than do their more-active counterparts. Any weight-bearing exercise is beneficial for your bones, but walking, running, jumping, dancing and weightlifting seem particularly helpful for creating healthy bones.
Excessive alcohol consumption Regular consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day increases your risk of osteoporosis, possibly because alcohol can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
Tobacco use The exact role tobacco plays in osteoporosis isn’t clearly understood, but researchers do know that tobacco use contributes to weak bones.

What will the scan involve?
Ultrasound technology is a a scanning technique which can be used to measure internal body structures without using potentially harmful X-rays. Ultrasound waves will be passed through the heel bone of your foot. This bone has been chosen, as it is a weight bearing bone. As the ultrasound wave passes through the bone, it’s passage will be altered depending on both the amount of the bone in it’s path, i.e. bone quantity; and upon the number and arrangement of bone lamella, i.e. bone quality. Each client’s heel width is determined by the machine and accounted for in their bone density assessment.

the ultrasound machine takes a number of separate readings and produces a result only when a consistent set of results are obtained. This result is then displayed on a chart which can be analysed. The scan is quick and simple to use, requiring only your shoe and sock/stocking to be removed. the scan is completed in under 5 minutes and your individual result is displayed graphically for your reference.

If you would like to find out more, or book an appointment for yourself or somebody you know, please give us a call on 01279 438444.

We are conveniently located in Old Harlow. If you live or work in Harlow, Sawbridgeworth, Nazeing, Roydon, Hatfield Heath, Sheering, Hatfield Broad Oak, North Weald, or Epping why not pop in and see how we can help you feel better.

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