West Virginia Osteoporosis & Arthritis Program

West Virginia Osteoporosis & Arthritis Program

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Our Mission

To reduce the prevalence of Osteoporosis and Arthritis in West Virginia by providing information on prevention and education, making available information on treatment, and lessening pain and disability by encouraging individuals to maintain productive lives.

Osteoporosis and Eating Disorders

There may be an increased risk of developing bone loss if you have an eating disorder.  Osteoporosis can have an effect on younger people with anorexia nervosa.  They tend to develop bone mineral deficiencies even if they are partially recovering from anorexia nervosa within 10% of their ideal body weight.  Eating disorders and bulimia nervosa patients are also at risk especially if they have had a significant weight loss and amenorrhea especially female athletes who may develop bone loss.  Fractures of the lumbar spine and hip fractures are damages caused by osteoporosis which is silent and ongoing.  Treatment may consist of increase in calcium intake, restoring a healthy weight and moderate exercise.  Early diagnosis and treatment combined with increased awareness is the key.


West Virginia Bureau for Public Health • 350 Capitol Street • Room 206 • Charleston, WV 25301
phone: 304-558-0644 • fax: 304-558-1553

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