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Can you tell me the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia?

Can you tell me the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia?

Severity: Both osteopenia and osteoporosis indicate there is too little calcium in the bone. Osteoporosis is more severe, and suggests a higher risk for future fractures (broken bones), compared to osteopenia, or normal bone. Depending on other risk factors, medical treatment is usually recommended for osteoporosis, and sometimes advised for osteopenia. ...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 is the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis?

What is the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis?

Less bone loss: Osteopenia is the term we give to the amount of bone loss that occurs in a patient with t scores between -1 and -2.5 based on the world health organization's criteria for measuring bone loss. The more negative the t score, the more bone loss has occurred. If a t score is between 0 and -1, this bone density would still be considered normal. I hope that helped answer your qquestion. ...Read more

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What's the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis, and osteomalasia?

Degree of bone loss: Osteopenia is a mild to moderate degree of bone loss. Osteoporosis is a severe degree of bone loss. Osteomalacia results from poorly mineralized bone and would show a low density on testing even if there was a normal amount of bone. Diagnosis of osteomalacia is made by blood tests and, if necessary, by evaluating a small amount of bone taken from the pelvis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis? What effect does nutrients like calcium and vitamin d have on these conditions?

What is the difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis? What effect does nutrients like calcium and vitamin d have on these conditions?

Matter of degree: Osteopenia can simply refer to loss of bone substance (density) on x-rays. It can also mean bone loss not severe enough to be called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is density more than 2.5 standard deviations less than normal young people (t score less than -2.5). Osteopenia is T-score of -1.0 to -2.5. Calcium and vitamin d can help, but check with specialist. Other conditions can mimic osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how osteopenia, osteoporosis, and osteomalasia differ?

Can you please tell me how osteopenia, osteoporosis, and osteomalasia differ?

All similar : Osteopenia is a little bit of osteoporosis both mean weak bone usually due to too much bone resorption / osteomalacia is weak bone like rickets due to very low vit d levels. ...Read more

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Will osteopenia eventually develop into osteoporosis?

Not necessarily: "osteopenia" is not a disease. It's a level of bone mineral density (bmd) that was literally invented due to being near but not as low as the osteoporosis bmd selected by the who in the 1990s. The fact is that some people with the "osteopenia" level bmd have more risk of fracture than others who meet the "osteoporosis" definition. Please, ask your doctor for a clinical risk frax analysis! ...Read more

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Does osteopenia always lead to osteoporosis? Please, need some answers?

Nope: Hi. No, osteopenia is a RISK for osteoporosis, not a GUARANTEE of osteoporosis. Treatment to preserve bone health can prevent progression to osteoporosis. Adequate calcium & vitamin D help, but alone are generally not adequate to prevent progression to osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Does osteopenia eventually progress to osteoporosis, or are they one in the same?

Bone density: Osteopenia and osteoporosis are diagnosis made by comparing your bone density to that of a young healthy adult. Osteoporosis is worse than osteopenia, and with time and lack of treatment osteopenia can worsen, but it doesn't necessarily have to. Weight bearing exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin d intake, and smoking cessation can help protect your bones. ...Read more

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Dr. David Djang
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Osteopenia (Definition)

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