Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Specialist
Sometimes you don’t know you have fragile bones until it’s too late. Research shows that about 50% of women and 25% of men over age 50 are likely to have an osteoporosis-related bone fracture. If you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis, or know it runs in your family, contact the office of Jonas Leibowitz, MD. Yonkers, New York’s leading internist and endocrinologist, Jonas Leibowitz, MD screens you for osteoporosis to see if you’re losing bone mass, then finds the best treatment for you. Scheduling your appointment is as easy as using the online booking system or calling the office.

Osteoporosis Q & A

by Jonas Leibowitz, MD

What is osteoporosis?

If you were to look at your bones through a microscope, you’d see a honeycomb type of structure. This is entirely normal. However, when you have osteoporosis, those holes and spaces become larger and larger, leaving your bones too porous. Because your bones lose their structure, your risk of fracture drastically increases.

Who is at risk for developing osteoporosis?

While anyone of any age or gender can develop osteoporosis, it generally happens later in life. Your risk of fragile bones is particularly high if you:

  • Have a family history of osteoporosis
  • Are female
  • Have a small frame
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are Caucasian or Asian
  • Drink alcohol excessively
  • Don’t exercise or are overweight
  • Have a diet low in calcium or vitamin D
  • Have a chronic inflammatory condition
  • Have low testosterone (men) or estrogen (women)   

How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis doesn’t have any particular symptoms. It’s highly likely that you won’t know you have it until you break a bone. If you’re over age 50 and have a bone fracture, Dr. Leibowitz might order a bone density screening test for you. This allows him to find out if you’re losing bone mass and if you need treatment. Dr. Leibowitz could also order a bone density screening just because you have a family history of osteoporosis, or are at a certain age.

Can osteoporosis be treated?

Yes and no. While you can’t completely cure osteoporosis, Dr. Leibowitz certainly can help stop bone loss and restore as much bone as possible. This is why early detection and prevention of osteoporosis is so helpful. It takes time to rebuild bone mass, even with proper treatment. Some of the typical treatment options for osteoporosis include:

  • Getting more calcium and vitamin D in your diet
  • Taking dietary supplements
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Taking medications that stop bone loss
  • Taking medications that boost bone formation

Dr. Leibowitz is an industry expert when it comes to prescribing medications. He’s well aware that certain medications, including anti-seizure medications and acid reflux pills, can increase your risk of bone loss. Your treatment plan may include adjusting your current medications and making changes, just to help prevent future bone loss. Dr. Leibowitz finds just the right balance for your needs.

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