Bone Health Specialist

Susan Biegel, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Susan Biegel, MD

Internal Medicine & Laser Aesthetic Specialist located in Upland, CA

Although most people may not think twice about bone health, if you have or are at risk for osteoporosis, you already know its importance. And so does Dr. Susan Biegel. Located in Upland, California, Dr. Biegel is a primary care physician who specializes in bone density consultations and has a proven history of helping men and women with low bone density.

Bone Health Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning disease that leads to debilitating fractures and broken bones. It affects an estimated 10 million Americans, with another 34 million suffering from low bone mass. Although it’s typically associated with older women, osteoporosis affects men as well, who make up about 20% of the affected population.

Through a bone density consultation, Dr. Biegel determines a personalized risk profile for osteoporosis. She asks a series of questions and does a thorough examination. She may also recommend a bone density scan, which is a noninvasive procedure that uses low-dose X-rays to test the volume of calcium and other minerals within your bones by looking at their density and strength.

Who should be tested for osteoporosis?

Your health and family history determines if you should be tested for osteoporosis. Certain risk factors may make you more likely to develop the bone disease. After discussing your history, Dr. Biegel determines if a bone density test is necessary. Some indicators that you should be tested are that you:

  • Are 65 or older
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis
  • Have poor nutrition
  • Have had a prolonged exposure to steroids
  • Consume a lot of caffeine

How do you improve bone health?

As with most things, prevention is always easier than curing. By age 30, even those who are healthy begin to lose more bone then they create, showing that bone health should be a regular part of your health and wellness approach.

To prevent weak bones, Dr. Biegel recommends increasing calcium and vitamin D consumption. Calcium is essential to proper bone development, and vitamin D helps you absorb more of it. Increase your calcium levels by eating more dairy products, such as:

  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Spinach
  • Dark greens

Vitamin D is naturally produced when your body is exposed, unprotected, to the sun. For those who spend a lot of time indoors or live in an area where sun exposure is limited throughout the year, Dr. Biegel may recommend a vitamin D supplement.

Potassium and vitamin K are also important to bone health, as is exercise. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, Dr. Biegel may recommend weight-bearing exercises or resistance training. Other lifestyle changes that improve your bone health include:

  • Lowering your caffeine intake
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption
  • Quitting smoking

Contact Dr. Biegel today to schedule your initial appointment.

Insurance Providers

We accept major PPO and HMO insurance plans. If you have additional questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer them.

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