A disease that is usually associated with older women has been striking younger women as well.
A routine physical examination for Bonnie Burns of Troy took a turn as Burns was tested for bone density. Burns was tested with the heel ultrasound machine that screens for thinning bones, and heard the shocking news.
The doctor told Burns that she has osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, and he was stunned until Burns mentioned something that made a bit of difference.
"I happened to mention that as a 14-year-old girl, heavily into ballet, I was anorexic for a little over a year, and Dr. Robins said 'bingo, there's the other part of the equation,' " said Burns. "That was more devastating to me because I felt that it was something that I could have perhaps avoided."
There are risk factors associated with osteoporosis, including caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and certain medical problems.
"I have been shocked at some of the patients who turned out to have osteopenia," said Dr. Robert Robins, an OB/GYN from Pontiac. "I have has many patients between 35 and 50 years old, who've has a bone density test just out of curiosity and they've turned out to be abnormal."
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