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Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress silently until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine and wrist.

During youth, bones grow in length and density. During the teen years, maximum height is reached, but bones continue to grow thicker and stronger until about age 30. After that point, bones slowly start to lose mineral and strength. As a natural part of the aging process, your bones begin to break down faster than new bone can be formed, especially after menopause in women. Throughout life, bone density is affected by heredity, diet, sex hormones, physical activity, lifestyle choices, and the use of certain medications.

We understand just how serious these injuries can be and are extremely concerned about preventing fractures of the hip and spine. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery. In many cases, a person's ability to walk unassisted is impaired, or the fracture can result in prolonged or permanent disability or death. Vertebral fractures can be just as serious, causing loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity; some, however, are only detected with Xrays done for other reasons.

Mid Dakota Clinic offers many resources, including a whole-body densitometry scanner (DXA scanner). DXA scanners are now generally accepted as the "gold standard" technique for measurement of bone mineral density (BMD). Our bone densitometry technologists and physician readers are certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. Expertly trained physicians offer consultations, risk factor assessments, education, treatment, and follow-up care.

Osteoporosis should not be taken lightly. The risk is real.

For more information on osteoporosis prevention and risk factors, talk to your primary care doctor, call 701.712.4577, or visit the Bone Health and National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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