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Catching Osteoporosis Early
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The fact is, our bone density starts going on the decline at age 35. So, doctors are urging people to listen up and get the facts about osteoporosis.  As far as fighting it, the sooner the better.  This is Lee Bursley's second bone density scan in two years. Her first scan was at the urging of her primary care physician two years ago.  She had the test, but wasn't prepared for the results,  "I had the scan and I was shocked to find out I did have osteoporosis."

The 57-year-old was shocked because she had always lived a very healthy lifestyle and thought she was too young to get osteoporosis,  "If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone."

In a recent Department of Health survey, 40% of women over the age of 65 are not discussing their risks for osteoporosis with their physicians. The reality is, women should be talking to their doctors even before they reach age 65.

Endocrinologist Dr. Geetha Gopalakrishnan of Rhode Island Hospital's Hallett Center says, "As a result of menopause, women tend to have an accelerated bone loss.  All postmenopausal women should talk to their doctors about their risks for osteoporosis and fractures."

The Hallett Center is at the forefront of a new campaign educating patients and doctors about osteoporosis. Today, high-tech bone density scans can catch the disease in its early stages.

Lee says, "It's very easy. It just takes a few minutes. I don't even have to change my clothes."

Patients, like Lee, can take medications to reverse any bone loss,  "Evidently it's made a difference because my bone scan is better than it was last time."

For more information you can call the R.I. Osteoporosis Coalition: (401)444-6211


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