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Endocrinologist located in Southlake, TX

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Osteoporosis Evaluation services offered in Southlake, TX

If you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis, a bone disease that causes brittle bones and a high risk of fractures or have it, turn to Southlake Endocrinology PLLC: Do-Eun Lee, MD. Board-certified endocrinologist Do-Eun Lee, MD, offers an osteoporosis evaluation to find out if you have the condition and treat it when necessary. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Osteoporosis Evaluation Q & A

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a common condition that affects men and women as they age. It often results because of hormone fluctuations, such as low estrogen or low testosterone. Osteoporosis increases your risk of weak bones and fractures. Such fractures often occur in the hips, spine, wrists, or other joints. 

Dr. Lee helps you prevent fractures, enabling you to live life as independently as possible.  She has extensively researched osteoporosis and offers various FDA-approved treatments.

What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?

If you have osteoporosis, you may not know it or have any symptoms initially. If you do develop symptoms, you might experience:

  • Loss of height with aging
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain due to fractures
  • Multiple fractures
  • Bones that break easily
  • Stooped posture

Fractures are the main complication associated with osteoporosis. Symptoms of fractures include swelling, pain, bruising, and bone deformities. 

What are the risk factors for osteoporosis an osteoporosis evaluation may consider?

While anyone can develop osteoporosis, factors that increase your risk of having it include:

  • Low intake of calcium and vitamin D
  • Lack of weight-bearing exercise
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Aging
  • Hormone imbalance 
  • Small body frame size
  • Eating disorders
  • Past gastrointestinal surgery
  • Taking steroids or other medications
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking 
  • Certain medical problems

Medical issues that can increase your risk of osteoporosis include celiac disease, kidney or liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Ways to reduce the risk of weak bones include consuming plenty of calcium and vitamin D, eating nutritious foods, taking dietary supplements, and participating in regular weight-bearing exercises. 

What happens during an osteoporosis evaluation?

Your osteoporosis evaluation includes Dr. Lee using a noninvasive, painless bone scan to measure your bone density. During the procedure, you lie on a comfortable exam table while an X-ray scanner passes over your body. 

She also completes a physical exam, checks your vital signs, reviews your medical history, and may recommend blood tests or other diagnostic tests during your osteoporosis evaluation.

How is osteoporosis treated?

Dr. Lee treats osteoporosis using health and diet education, FDA-approved medications (Prolia®, Evenity®, Reclast®, etc.), and hormone therapy when necessary. She encourages you to take dietary supplements if needed, get regular exercise, and eat nutritious foods.

To schedule an osteoporosis evaluation, call the Southlake Endocrinology PLLC: Do-Eun Lee, MD, office or schedule an appointment online today.