Animesh Agarwal, MDOrthopedic Surgery
Ian Whitney, MDOrthopedic Surgery
Steven Stuto, DPMFoot & Ankle Surgery
Orthopedic conditions related to bone health and osteoporosis sometimes also include complications from diabetes. That’s why University Health physicians work closely with the Texas Diabetes Institute. We coordinate your seamless care if you need help in any specialty, and MyChart makes it even easier for you to keep track of it all. We can also help you prevent osteoporosis, determine your individual risk for osteoporosis, and diagnose and treat people of all ages.
What Is Osteoporosis?Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones more fragile, so they have a higher risk of breaking. Osteoporosis is also known as a silent disease, because you may not experience any symptoms, and you might not even realize you have it.
Research has shown that there is a higher risk of developing osteoporosis if you:
- Are an older woman
- Are white or Asian and have a small stature
- Do not live an active lifestyle
- Don’t eat enough calcium-rich food
- Drink heavily
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Take certain medications
First, we evaluate your risk for osteoporosis, based on your personal and family history. If you have a high chance of developing osteoporosis, we can also help you with comprehensive diagnostic tests. They might include a bone density test, blood tests or X-rays.
Treatments for Osteoporosis
An important way to treat osteoporosis is to stop it from developing in the first place. We can help with osteoporosis prevention strategies, including healthy diet, calcium supplements and weight-bearing exercise plans. We can also share options for medicines that can help maintain your bone health.