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Low Bone Density Causes
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
Not bone density: Low bone density does not cause any symptoms unless you have a fracture due to osteoporosis, then there is pain. Pain in joints can be from osteoarthritis or other forms of arthritis. See your doctor or a rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment of joint pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it dangerous to have high prolactin levels caused by risperdal? I know it causes low bone density. can my bones crack? Will taking calcium help this problem? If yes how much calcium? Thank you
Mostly yes.: There is a connection between high Prolactin levels and Osteoporosis, or low bone density which puts one at risk for fractures. Calcium can help protect your bones but first ,stop the Risperdal if possible. Calcium replacement is therapeutic at 1500 mg. daily , or depending on your Calcium level. Vit D levels should also be done and Vit. D replacement is done accordingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had bone density test that's normal ..but have 4 compression fractures in spine..50% height loss..2 hat would cause this..vit d is a bit low?
Fractures: Normal bone density with four vertebral fractures does not make sense. The bone is my specialty. Hopefully you have had the proper tests done and treatment started. If not you must do so immediately. There some women, about 15 over the last few years while pregnant or 6 months after birth who also have unexpected fractures. See an endocrinologist and orthopedist. ...Read more
Not all need a cure.: Calcium and vit d help maintain good bones but studies have not shown they reverse osteopenia in most people. Age 50-60 is when most bone density is lost. After age 50 the loss slows down and many women do not need treatment in this age group. There are a number of medicines for women with significant bone loss, osteoporosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two choices: Depending on the medication used and duration of therapy, you can minimize such risk by optimizing your vitamin d and calcium intake. Obviously, the best choice will be to eliminate the offending agent or to use the lowest dose possible (such as in steroid use). If you happen to sustain fractures, then you will need an endocrine evaluation for further guidance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Hi. Many disorders cause poor bone health, including cortisol overproduction (Cushing's), vitamin D deficiency (osteomalacia), disorders of calcium and/or phosphate metabolism, chronic kidney disease, GI malabsorption, genetic diseases of bone proteins (e.g., osteogenesis imperfecta); medicines such as prednisone, used in many conditions, is bad for bone, as are phenytoin and carbamazepine. ...Read more
It depends: The definition of osteoporosis in adults relies on a t score which compares the bone density obtained to that of young adult norms. A score of less than -2.5 at a measured site is indicative of osteoporosis. In children the definition requires not only a z-score comparison to age matched norms of less than -2 but also a clinically significant fracture history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very little!: When the world health organization arbitrarily set a level of bone mineral density (bmd) below which a person was said "to have" osteoporosis, the opportunity was immediately seized by interested parties to declare a range better than that density but adjacent to it as "osteopenia". Above that is called "normal" bmd is a continuum! normal is normal. Low normal means normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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