According to Fox 5 as women age, they find themselves at greater risk of developing a variety of health problems. Should osteopenia be one of them?
The condition was recognized nearly 20 years ago by the World Health Organization as a potential precursor to osteoporosis, a severe thinning of the bones that can lead to increased risk of bone fracture. The idea was that women whose bones had started to thin could take action to reverse the trend before it was too late.
Osteopenia is identified by comparing a woman’s bone density with that of a “young healthy adult” at peak bone density, around age 30.
The problem is, all women — and, to a lesser extent, men — begin to lose bone mass in midlife after the natural renewal process plateaus. In women, this accelerates after menopause because the loss of estrogen translates into less collagen for the bone matrix.
“Osteopenia is normal — it’s like gray hair,” says Dr. Nortin Hadler, a rheumatologist at the University of North Carolina and author of “Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America.”
Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to his patients that certain changes are likely as women age. Patients often complain about excess fat around the waist. Many times this is due to hormonal weight gain. Provided that the skin has good elasticity liposuction may be an effective method for treating these areas. Dr. Stuart Kincaid offers different liposuction techniques including Zerona and Smart Lipo. The results are often better than a patient could achieve through diet and exercise alone.