Women lose up to 20 percent of their bone density in the five-to-seven years after menopause. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones are weakened and become easier to break. They may become so light that they look more like a sponge than solid material.
Unfortunately, people with osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker. Many do not even realize they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.
Depending on your age, and the type of break you experience, a broken bone could have very serious consequences. 24 percent of hip fracture patients age 50 and over die in the year following the fracture.
For this reason, women aged 65 and older should have an imaging exam known as a “DEXA” scan to check their bone density. In some situations, a DEXA scan may be recommended at a younger age. If you’re concerned about osteoporosis, contact your primary care provider and see if it’s time for your DEXA scan.
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