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Is osteopenia reversible?

Is osteopenia reversible?

Potentially: If you have osteopenia at age 35 need to consider secondary causes of osteopenia. Should supplement vit d and calcium. Regular wt bearing exercise. ...Read more

Dr. David Djang
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Osteopenia (Definition)

Osteopenia is a low bone mineral density which puts one at ...Read more


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What is osteopenia?

What is osteopenia?

Low bone calcium: Osteopenia is low but not dangerously low bone calcium. You need to talk to your doctor to see if you need treatment. ...Read more

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What is osteopenia?

What is osteopenia?

Osteopenia: Osteopenia is a lower than normal bone density, but not so low that it is considered osteoporosis. See your primary care physician to determine what your course of treatment, if any should be. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What's diffuse osteopenia?

What's diffuse osteopenia?

Low BMD throughout.: Diffuse osteopenia is lower bone mineral density not limited to particular joints or areas but rather is found in all the bones. ...Read more

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Can osteopenia be reversed?

Can osteopenia be reversed?

Yes.: A variety of bone active medicines can reverse osteopenia. ...Read more

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Does osteopenia cause pain?

Does osteopenia cause pain?

No: increases risk: Osteopenia means your bones have lost some of their mineral content, but probably not enough to greatly increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is more severe mineral loss that does increase the likelihood of fractures. Neither causes pain unless you actually break a bone. (if you have either, be sure your vitamin d level is high enough. Your doctor can do a blood test. But don't overdo vitamin d.). ...Read more

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What is the meaning of osteopenia?

Low bone density.: Osteopenia is low bone density but not to the same degree as in osteoporosis. If bone loss continues osteoporosis is likely to develop. ...Read more

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What is best exercise for osteopenia?

What is best exercise for osteopenia?

Any weight bearing: Exercise is good for low bone density. This can be walking, jogging, running, plyometrics or resistance training with weights. The best form of weight bearing exercise is the one that you do consistently as to support continued bone growth/density stimulation you have to be consistent about your exercise routines. ...Read more

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Should you ride a bike with osteopenia?

Sure: Good to excellent cardiovascular and resistance exercise (if you don't coast too much); not great weight bearing exercise greater degrees of osteopenia have worse fracture risks than lesser degrees. Riding a bike is fine; falling off has the fracture risk.
Have fun, be active. ...Read more

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Does osteopenia usually cause many symptoms?

Does osteopenia usually cause many symptoms?

No: Osteopenia and osteoporosis do not have symptoms, but they do increase your risk of having a fracture. Fractures of the spine can cause back pain or an abnormal curve of the back. ...Read more

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Can women in their thirties have osteopenia?

Yes: Poor calcium intake, multiple pregnancies, smoking, alcohol intake, and premature ovarian failure may cause osteopenia earlier than usual. ...Read more

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What the best medicine to take for osteopenia?

What the best medicine to take for osteopenia?

Usually none: Prescription meds for osteoporosis are usually not recommended for osteopenia, unless a person has an unusually high fracture risk. Many doctors use the frax calculator to determine a person's fracture risk for the next 10 years. But there are steps to reduce your fracture risk: no smoking, moderate alcohol and caffeine intake, few sodas, muscle-building activities, and a diet w/ calcium & vit d. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting osteopenia?

Yes: Risk factors include: family history of osteoporosis, white or Asian ethnicity, smoking, being underweight, excess alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle, and low calcium intake. Some of these are able to be modified to decrease an individual's risk. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to reverse osteopenia?

Is there anything I can do to reverse osteopenia?

Osteopenia: Patients with osteopenia need to make sure they are getting adequate calcium and vitamin d intake (through diet or supplements), stop smoking and increase their weight-bearing exercises. Doing the above will strengthen bones and prevent progression to osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get osteopenia, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get osteopenia, or is it unusual?

Postmenopausal women: Osteopenia is when bones lose mass and weaken, but not enough for a diagnosis of osteoporosis. It happens most commonly in women who have gone through menopause. Other risk factors are low weight, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, excessive alcohol, and chronic use of steroids. It can only be diagnosed with a bone density test. See your doctor to find out if you're at risk for osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat osteopenia at the age of 33?

See a specialist: See a good endocrinologist - you need to determine the reason - it could be low vitamin d3 which is essential for the absorption of calcium, it could be other causes. Get the cause diagnosed and then treatment will be appropriate to the cause. ...Read more

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How often should someone with osteopenia get a dexascan?

Every 1-2 years: Every 2 if mild and on no meds, once a year if there are other risks factors and on meds (if insurance covers it). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are best exercises for osteopenia?

Could you tell me what are best exercises for osteopenia?

Wt bearing: Walking or slow jogging some wt training all are good
swimming & aqua aerobics while they are good forms of exercise are not as effective for prevention of bone loss. ...Read more

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I have a DEXA reading of -1.4. I am 51. Can osteopenia be reversed?

I have a DEXA reading of -1.4. I am 51. Can osteopenia be reversed?

YES!: Exercise has been shown to improve bone density. A healthy diet is essential- avoid sweets, sodas, lots of meat & coffee- these acidify your body & leach calcium from your bones! Many supplements are proven to help- Vit D & K are most important, also calcium, magnesium, boron, strontium. The drugs don't work well & have serious side effects!
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2 yrs ago my DEXA showed osteopenia & this yr. It was normal. Is that possible?

Osteopenia: That is possible. It means that you must have done some things to better support your bone metabolism like weight bearing exercise, vitamin D, minerals, estrogen, and avoiding the things that decrease bone mineralization. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how osteopenia will affect my overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how osteopenia will affect my overall health.?

Progressive: Osteopenia is a slight decrease in bone mass. This can progress to osteoporosis if not prevented early. Osteoporosis is significant bone mass decrease and is associated with an increase in fracture risk, such as the spine or the hip. Preventive measures should be embraced, such as adequate calcium and vitamin E intake, weight bearing exercise, and hormone therapy such as estrogen and testosteron. ...Read more

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I am I my 20s but I am diagnosed with osteopenia, do I need medications? What is the risk and benefits?

Endocrine eval: Knowing that you have less calcium in examined bones may reflect everything from disuse to a systemic disease. Work up includes blood tests and supplements with calcium with vitamin D. Left untreated, this will lead to fractures n affected bones, so do get evaluated for parathyroid, diet choices, vit D, calcium, activity review. Endocrinologists specialize in this, but discuss w your primary doc ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for osteopenia?

Your PCP: Should easily be able to address this as it is very common. ...Read more

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What are best exercises for preventing osteopenia?

What are best exercises for preventing osteopenia?

Muscle building: Exercises that cause muscle tendons to pull on bones stimulates more calcium to be deposited in that bone. So working muscles against weights or other resistance does more for the bone than aerobic exercises. So lifting weights or doing exercises like pushups that use your own weight against gravity promote bone strength. ...Read more

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My friend has osteopenia. How do I avoid getting it?

Calcium: Daily calcium supplements and weight-bearing exercise help build bone strength and protects against osteoporosis. ...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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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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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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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