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Introducing the Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County

In Brief

  • Crozer-Keystone recently announced the opening of the Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County, a resource for the detection, evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis.
  • Ten million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and 34 million more are at risk. The majority of sufferers are women, but men can also get it.
  • Osteoporosis is characterized by weak, brittle bones — which puts the person at higher risk for fractures.
  • Eating a healthy diet, getting enough calcium and Vitamin D, exercising, not smoking, and not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol go a long way toward preventing osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication.

The statistics are staggering. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and 34 million more are at risk. Knowing that prevention and treatment are key to warding off osteoporosis’ potentially devastating effects, Crozer-Keystone Health System decided to do something about it. 

 

CKHS is pleased to offer the Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County, a resource for those who are living with the disease or are looking to proactively reduce their chances of getting it. Led by Barry Jacobson, M.D., a board-certified Crozer-Keystone gynecologist, the Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County is dedicated to the detection and comprehensive treatment of osteoporosis. Services include DEXA scan interpretation and metabolic screenings, and available treatments include infusions, injectables and other medications. Jacobson has been treating patients with osteoporosis and sharing his knowledge on this topic with the national medical community since 1998. 

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weak, brittle bones. This, in turn, dramatically increases a person’s risk for broken bones — mainly in the hips, wrists and spine. Osteoporosis also is responsible for that “hunched-over” look that characterizes the sufferer’s posture.  

Jacobson says that while most cases of osteoporosis are seen in women, men are not shielded from getting it. “Osteoporosis is the most common condition experienced by women over the age of 50,” he says. “Men who are affected usually begin to see signs in their seventies.” Post-menopausal women and those who are thin are at greatest risk of developing osteoporosis. 

What Can You Do?

Taking some simple steps early on in life can go a long way in preventing osteoporosis down the road. What you should do is get enough calcium and Vitamin D, and exercise regularly. The daily recommended amount for calcium is 1,300 mg from onset of menses to age 23; 1,000 mg from age 23 to menopause; 1,200 mg from menopause until age 65; and 1,500 mg for those over the age of 65. Regarding Vitamin D, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released updated recommendations: at least 600 international units (IU) every day for most healthy adults under age 71, and at least 800 IU for healthy people age 71 and older. 

Some things you should not do are smoke, eat a poor diet, avoid exercise and drink too much alcohol. All of these activities have proven to increase the chance of developing osteoporosis and, subsequently, fractures. 

If you fall into the high-risk category, or have a family history of the disease, talk to your doctor. Get a baseline DEXA scan (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) to help determine if you have osteoporosis (or if not, your risk). Take preventive measures to prevent a fall in your home or work environment by removing clutter and tacking down or removing rugs. 

If you require the help that professionals such as those in the Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County can provide, there are treatments available to manage your condition.         

“We can offer oral, subcutaneous injections, and intravenous infusions as excellent forms of treatment for osteoporosis,” Jacobson says. “Treatment should be tailored to each individual patient’s needs.” 

The Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County has two locations: the Medical Office Building, Suite 707, at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, and the Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, Suite 15, in Glen Mills. Hours are by appointment only and most insurances are accepted. For an appointment, call (610) 394-4755.

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