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Health Services: Osteoporosis


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Currently, over 13,000 Missoulians have low bone density. Our goal is to assist in preventing osteoporosis in Missoula County. Testing is available for men and women.


Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break easily.  It  is most common in older people but can also occur in young and middle-aged adults. When someone has osteoporosis, it means his/her "bank account" of bone tissue has dropped to a low level. If there is significant bone loss, even sneezing or bending over to tie a shoe can cause a bone in the spine to break. Hips, ribs and wrist bones also break easily.

Optimizing peak bone mass and developing lifelong healthy bone behaviors during youth are important ways to prevent or minimize osteoporosis risks as an adult.

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Call the Missoula City-County Health Department Wellness Program to make an appointment 1-800-823-4740 or 258-4837.

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