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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

Only partly: The dexa scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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What are the most investigative tests for bone loss, when one has severe osteoporosis?

What are the most investigative tests for bone loss, when one has severe osteoporosis?

DEXA and blood: The gold standard for osteoporosis is dexa scanning. Other options for evaluating severe osteoporosis are blood tests which can measure bone breakdown, as well as MRI scanning which can show thinning of the bones... But dexa is still the gold standard. ...Read more

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Bone density test shows osteoporosis of the spine & hip, hip:-3.03, spine:-3.58 what is the recommended treatment?

Osteoporosis: Sir you have osteoporosis and it may be a bad case. You should discuss this with your doctor at once and obtain medical treatment. Exercise, calcium, and vitamin d are going to be insufficient. You will likely need a bisphosphonate like alendronate, pamidronate, or zoledronic acid. ...Read more

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Can all osteoporosis medications build bone?

Can all osteoporosis medications build bone?

No: Not all osteoporosis drugs "build bone." some medications will slow down the breakdown of bone while others will actually build bone. Talk to your doctor about which one is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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What causes osteoporosis (thinning of bone)?

What causes osteoporosis (thinning of bone)?

Many things: Osteoporosis can be the result of low calcium, low Vitamin D, decreased bone production, increased bone turnover, disuse of a limb due to injury or pain, or other medical conditions such as hypothyroidism or kidney disease. Therefore, it is important to have osteoporosis evaluated with a physical and blood work so that the correct treatment can occur and prevent fractures. ...Read more

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Is it possible to rebuild bone, without medication, by diet when you have osteoporosis?

Is it possible to rebuild bone, without medication, by diet when you have osteoporosis?

Not likely: Problem is bone cell turnover favors destruction over new production and diet will not influence this disparity. ...Read more

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What are the reasons that would stop bone medications from working in relation to halting rapid osteoporosis?

What are the reasons that would stop bone medications from working in relation to halting rapid osteoporosis?

Absorption: The most common cause for bone antiresorptive medications to not work is that they are not being taken correctly, and not being absorbed into the blood stream. This is especially true for bisphosphonates. One also needs to look for a secondary cause of osteoporosis such as hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroid, steroid effects, other meds. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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