St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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Women's Health

General Overview

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and brittle. If left unchecked, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks (fracture).


Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures

Preventing Osteoporosis

Practical prevention—who needs bone mineral density testing?

Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is a way to get checked for osteoporosis. Though a BMD test may not be appropriate for everyone, it may provide an important prevention opportunity. Read more here.

Rerun imageWays to prevent osteoporosis

Get some basic information about osteoporosis and learn about the controversy surrounding hormone use in preventing bone loss.


Special Topics

Osteoporosis, breast cancer, and eating disorders: not just for women

Find out what can put a man at risk for osteoporosis and what preventive measures can be taken.

Osteoporosis in men: more common than you may think

Osteoporosis is becoming an increasing concern among men. Read more here.

Soy imageEat a diet rich in calcium

Calcium is essential to build and maintain strong bones at all stages of life, and therefore help prevent and/or manage osteoporosis. Read more here.

True or False?

True or false: girls who favor soft drinks are more likely to have osteoporosis later in life

There have been research studies on dietary intake and its relation to the bone health of young girls, the results of which have been mixed. But overall, it seems reasonable to conclude that school-age girls who drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks are increasing their risk of osteoporosis.

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)