Bone Density

Lynnell P. Gardner MD PC and Michael F. Hamant MD PC

Gynecology & Family Medicine located in Tucson, AZ

As many as 54 million adults in the United States have low bone density or full-blown osteoporosis, placing them at risk of bone fractures. The experienced medical team at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., which includes a board-certified gynecologist and board-certified family medicine physician, provides bone density care to help you maintain or improve bone health to reduce your risk of fractures. To schedule an appointment, call the office or request an appointment online.

Bone Density Q & A

Why is bone density important?

Your bone is living tissue that’s under constant construction, breaking down and rebuilding. As you get older, your body may begin to break down bone more quickly than the bone tissue can regenerate, which may affect bone density and increase your risk of osteoporosis, a chronic condition that leaves your bones brittle and weak.

Both men and women are at risk of low bone density and osteoporosis, but it’s more commonly seen in women because their bones are smaller. 

When should I have a bone density test?

It’s recommended that all women over age 65 and men over age 70 get a bone density test. This test, which is a specialized X-ray, measures the mineral content of your bone cells to assess density. Women may benefit from an earlier bone density test if they’ve suffered from a broken bone at age 50 or older. 

Dr. Gardner or Dr. Hamant may also suggest an earlier bone density test if they have concerns about bone health due to various risk factors, such as:

  • Poor calcium intake
  • Chronic use of steroids
  • History of celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease
  • Smoker
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Knowing your bone density helps the team at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D. to develop a bone density care plan to help you maintain or improve bone health and reduce your risk of fractures.

What is bone density care?

Bone density care refers to the specialized treatment plan the team at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D. develops. Your bone density care plan is individualized based on the results of your bone density test, risk factors, and lifestyle.

Dr. Gardner and Dr. Hamant may recommend lifestyle changes to help improve bone health and reduce your risk of fractures, which may include:

  • A diet rich in bone-building foods
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Weight-bearing exercise
  • Use of supportive shoes to minimize falls

If you have osteoporosis and you’re at risk of a fracture, you may benefit from prescription medication to help maintain or improve bone health. Medication used for the treatment of osteoporosis includes:

  • Bisphosphonates
  • Hormone therapy
  • Bone-building medication

Dr. Gardner and Dr. Hamant can review the types of medications with you and help you determine the one that makes the best choice for you and your overall health.

For expert bone density care, contact Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D. by phone or online today.