Fragility Factors: Risks and Prevention

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about fragility fractures along with the risks and prevention factors for women as they age.

How should women best schedule bone density testing?

Dr. Jennifer Jerele talks about the importance of routine bone density screenings. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How should women best schedule bone density testing?

To measure your bone density it's important to get routine DEXA Scans as part of your yearly well woman check. As you're getting scheduled for your yearly mammograms, for your pap smears, and your pelvic exams, I think it's important to get a DEXA Scan, because that's another area that can really affect your lifestyle and your morbidity, because these fractures are not benign. They can really lead to a decrease in function and activity. So it's something to also kind of stay on top of and just have that reminder, that your yearly check-up is coming up, and a DEXA Scan should be definitely part of that conversation.

   

To measure your bone density it's important to get routine DEXA scans as part of your yearly well-woman check. As you're getting scheduled for your yearly mammogram and pelvic exam, I think it's important to also schedule a DEXA scan, because osteoporosis can really affect your lifestyle. Fragility fractures can lead to a decrease in function and activity. When your yearly check-up is coming up, a DEXA scan should definitely be part of that conversation.

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Source: Jennifer Jerele, MD, Premier Orthopedics