Maurice Leibman, M.D. & Associates

Board Certified Gynecologist & Certified North American Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) located in Houston, TX

Osteoporisis and Bone Density

When your hormone levels begin to change and drop as you move through menopause, osteoporosis becomes a greater risk. Approximately 8 million women in the United States have osteoporosis, and if you’re among them, trust board-certified gynecologist Maurice Leibman, MD, MSc, FACOG, NCMP, of Maurice Leibman, M.D. & Associates in Houston, Texas, to provide expert management and treatment. Call his office, or use the online tool to schedule an evaluation, so you can take charge of your bone health today.

Osteoporosis Q & A

Am I at risk of developing osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can develop because of a combination of factors, including age, heredity, and lifestyle. Women are at a much greater risk of developing osteoporosis as compared to men.

The specific factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis include:

Caucasian or Asian ethnicity
Thin or small build
Family history of osteoporosis
Early menopause (before age 45)
Sedentary lifestyle
Excessive alcohol use
Smoking

As a woman progresses through normal menopause, the loss in estrogen accelerates bone loss and can cause the onset of osteoporosis.

What bones are most at risk with osteoporosis?

When you have osteoporosis, your bones are at great risk of fracture. The condition leads to 1.5 million fractures per year in just the US alone. The majority of fractures occur in the hip, spine, and wrist, but any bone affected by osteoporosis is at risk.

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?
Osteoporosis often doesn't show up as symptoms unless you experience a fracture or the disease in an advanced stage. A special X-ray test known as a DEXA scan measures your bone mineral density and detects early weakening of your bones. The screening is fast and painless.

When detected early, osteoporosis can be offset, and complications, such as serious fractures, can be avoided.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Osteoporosis management includes the administration of prescription drugs that can preserve or increase bone mass and maintain bone quality. Hormone replacement therapy used to control menopause symptoms can also help prevent bone loss.

Dr. Leibman evaluates your intake of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium-rich foods include low-fat dairy, canned fish with the bones, and dark leafy greens. Fortified dairy products, salmon, and sunlight help boost your vitamin D levels. He recommends supplements if you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients in your diet.

The doctor also discusses with you the types of exercise that you should engage in to prevent osteoporosis and promote bone density.

While calcium, vitamin D, estrogen, and weight-bearing exercises are the cornerstones of osteoporosis treatment, there are good and safe medications now available that stop bone loss and improve bone quality, resulting in fewer fractures.

If you’re approaching menopause and are concerned about your bone density, contact Maurice Leibman, M.D. & Associates. Call the office, or book online for evaluation and management of osteoporosis.

Accepted Insurances

We accept most major insurances. We verify each patient's insurance plan prior to appointment. If the plan is not on the list, we will verify the network status. Please contact the medical office for all insurance related questions.

Accepted Insurances

We accept most major insurances. We verify each patient's insurance plan prior to appointment. If the plan is not on the list, we will verify the network status. Please contact the medical office for all insurance related questions.
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