Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. It is often referred to as a "silent disease" because you cannot feel your bones getting weaker. Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at an increased risk. While building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help prevent osteoporosis later in life, it's never too late to take steps to protect and strengthen your bones.

Dr. Karl Ziermann is board certified in internal medicine and fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine. He has studied exercise physiology and has a master's degree in clinical nutrition. Whether you are already suffering from osteoporosis or looking to take preventative steps to lower your risk of developing osteoporosis in the future, Dr. Ziermann can help create a regimen that will work for you!

Risk Factors

Take our simple quiz to find out if you are at risk!

  1. Have you broken a bone since turning 50?
  2. Do you have a family history of osteoporosis?
  3. Have you experienced any height loss?
  4. Do you have low bone mass or bone density?
  5. Do you have low testosterone or estrogen levels?
If you answered yes to one or more questions above you may be at risk.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ziermann today, for a healthier tomorrow

Fixed Risk Factors Include:
Female Gender
Family History of Osteoporosis
Previous Fracture
Long Term Glucocorticoid Therapy
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Primary/Secondary Hypogonadism In Men

Most Modifiable Risk Factors Include:
Body Mass Index
Poor Nutrition
Vitamin D Deficiency
Eating Disorders
Insufficient Exercise
Low Dietary Calcium Intake
Frequent Falls