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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine | Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. Eighty percent of those affected by the disease are women.

Bone Density tests are the best way to detect osteoporosis. They are safe, painless, non-invasive, fast and essential to monitoring bone health.

Prevention of Osteoporosis

  • Get enough calcium - Most women don't get nearly the full amount of calcium they need each day. You also need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium, but most women get enough from natural sunlight and supplements in milk.
  • Get enough exercise - Any type of weight-bearing exercise (30 minutes a day) helps keep your bones and muscles strong and agile. Examples include anything where you support your own weight (walking, dancing, stair climbing) or use free weights or weight machines.
  • Don't smoke - Smoking is associated with lower bone density and higher risk of osteoporosis.
  • Don't abuse alcohol - Alcohol is toxic to the cells that build bone. It also decreases levels of calcium, vitamin D and estrogen in the body, so it can be harmful to bones in large doses.
  • Avoid skipping meals and extreme diets - They can rob your bones and body of the nutrients and hormones they need.
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy - If you have gone through menopause, ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy, which can help prevent bone loss.