How We Can Help You Avoid Osteoporosis

Did you know the greatest risk factor for osteoporosis is age? Both men and women over 50 have a higher risk of developing this condition, which leads to gradual bone loss and an increased risk of fracture. But women are four times more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis than men. 

Eugene Guerre Jr., MD, and our team at Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers in Brooksville, Florida, are committed to educating our patients about this debilitating disease. 

Understanding osteoporosis

Over 53 million American adults have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, a bone disease that leads to the deterioration of bone tissue, causing low bone mass and an increased risk of breaks and fractures. 

While you may think of your bones as solid and fixed, they actually grow new bone cells throughout your life. This process, called remodeling, keeps your bones healthy and strong. 

But once you reach age 30, you begin to lose bone material faster than your body can create new cells. The primary reason for this change in both men and women is a natural drop in hormone levels, especially estrogen. 

Men’s bodies convert testosterone into estrogen, and when these levels decline with age, so does bone production. Women experience a sharp decline in hormone production after menopause, creating an even higher risk of osteoporosis. 

Age and changing hormone levels aren’t the only risk factors to consider. Additional risk factors for osteoporosis include:

People who are thin or petite with a naturally lower bone mass also have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, as do people with parathyroid imbalances and those who drink too much diet cola. 

While being overweight or obese didn’t used to be considered a risk factor for osteoporosis, a substantial and growing body of evidence from research and clinical studies shows that high fat mass actually increases your risk of developing this bone condition.  

Avoiding osteoporosis

At Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers, we’re committed to helping our patients avoid osteoporosis. If you don’t take preventive steps, over time the slower rate of bone remodeling causes your bones to become more porous and less strong.

The best way to avoid osteoporosis is to make key lifestyle changes. Here’s how to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis:

For our patients who struggle with their weight, our three-phase medical weight-loss program is customized for your current and goal weight. We offer ongoing support and guidance to ensure you lose the extra pounds and keep them off.

In addition, Dr. Guerre may prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help support new bone cell growth. 

How BHRT helps you avoid osteoporosis

At Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers, Dr. Guerre evaluates your hormone levels before customizing a BHRT plan to meet your specific needs. Supplementing estrogen levels through BHRT treatments revitalizes your body’s ability to maintain healthy bone mass and density. 

Osteoporosis doesn’t usually present any symptoms until a bone breaks, so it’s essential to take steps before a fracture occurs. Researchers have found that BHRT as an osteoporosis prevention strategy is most effective when started before age 60 for men and within 10 years of entering menopause for women. 

Starting BHRT early not only helps you maintain strong bones and prevent fractures, but it also brings many other benefits, including: 

Dr. Guerre evaluates your progress regularly to ensure your BHRT delivers the most benefits and that you’re responding well to the treatment. Depending on your needs and symptoms, we may make adjustments to the components or dosage of your BHRT. 

Are you ready to learn more about avoiding osteoporosis? Contact our experts at Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers in Brooksville, Florida, and schedule a consultation today. You can reach us by calling 352-597-7700.

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