Strong Bones, Active Living
More than 28 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and many don't even know it. Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease resulting from the gradual depletion of the calcium content of the skeleton. This causes a decrease in bone production and/or an increased rate of bone loss. Many factors influence osteoporosis in women and men including menopause, calcium intake, level of physical activity and use of alcohol or tobacco. With education, early detection and proper treatment, people are living more active lives than ever before.
Conceptualized by local physicians, Mary K. Oates, M.D. and David Oates, M.D. the Osteoporosis Center was created in conjunction with Marian Regional Medical Center. The team is committed to enhancing the development and clinical use of diagnostic and and therapeutic strategies for osteoporosis and related diseases, as well as helping educate the public about possible risk factors and available treatments.
Programs and Treatments
Together, The Marian Osteoporosis Center and Drs. Oates offer a range of comprehensive services focusing on the evaluation and management of patients with osteoporosis as well as a number of free community service and education programs including:
- Consultative clinical resources for those who are at risk for or who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis
- Diagnostic bone mineral density testing
- Support groups
- An osteoporosis resource center
- Post-fracture osteoporosis management program
- Lecture series for the community and medical professionals
- screenings for the underserved at health fairs, community clinics, county clinics, cancer support groups and with employers
For more information about the Marian Osteoporosis Center, please call (805) 739-3968. The Center is located at 116 S. Palisade Dr., Suite 200 in Santa Maria.