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Osteoporosis (also known as bone loss) is a disease of the skeletal system. The bones lose their strength and often lead to fractures of the vertebrae, the hip joint or the wrists, without having suffered an accident.
Every third woman and every fifth man over the age of 50 is at risk, especially people with the following risk factors:
- Broken bones since the age of 45 without having suffered a serious accident
- Taking cortisone tablets for more than 3 months
- Loss of size by more than four centimetres since the age of 25
- Osteoporosis diseases in the family
- Underweight (BMI <20)
- Excessive tobacco and alcohol consumption
- Increased risk of falling
- Women after having a hysterectomy, breast cancer or early menopause
- Women over the age of 60, men over the age of 70
- Diabetics, rheumatics and people with kidney or thyroid disease
In order to be able to assess the personal risk of osteoporosis and thus the risk of fracture, a bone density measurement is necessary as a basic diagnosis. We use the most modern generation of DXA methods to measure bone density and guarantee reliable measurement results, short measurement times and minimal radiation exposure.
The personal fracture risk can be estimated with the measurement result in connection with further examination findings. The therapy will take place depending on the DXA measurement results and according to the guidelines of the DVO (German Umbrella Association of Osteoporosis).