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.

What causes fragility fractures?

Dr. Jennifer Jerele discusses causes of fragility fracture. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What causes fragility fractures?

Fragility fractures occur in patients that have somewhere on the spectrum of osteopenia and osteoporosis. As people age, your peak bone density or the hardness of your bone stops accumulating at around age 30 and from then on you start to gradually lose your bone density. Especially in women, after menopause that bone density tends to drop dramatically unless some lifestyle changes or medication changes are made.

 

Fragility fractures occur in patients who have experienced loss of bone mass, or weakening of the bones. As people age, peak bone density or the hardness of your bones keeps building until around age 30. From then on, you start to gradually lose your bone density. Especially in women, after menopause bone density tends to drop dramatically unless some lifestyle changes or medication changes are made.

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Source: Jennifer Jerele, MD, Premier Orthopedics