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Is there a thyroid medicine that does not cause bone loss?

At correct dose- all: When you say thyroid medicine, I assume you mean the ones for hypothyroidism. At doses that keep your levels normal, levothyroxine of any brand will not cause bone loss. ...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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Should I take the new medication forteo? I have been taking actonel, (risedronate) my last bone density test showed I had 10 percent bone loss. I am afraid to take the drug because of the side effects. Is there something else I can take?

Should I take the new medication forteo? I have been taking actonel, (risedronate) my last bone density test showed I had 10 percent bone loss. I am afraid to take the drug because of the side effects. Is there something else I can take?

Actonel (risedronate): Actonel (risedronate) and Forteo are in a class of drugs called bisphonates. These drugs are very valuable in preventing fractures of bone due to progressive loss of bone density called osteoporosis. Yes the drugs have been associated with several significant side effects, but like any drug you need to weigh the benefits against these side effects. Spinal, hip and long bone fractures can have serious life altering effects on ones life, more serious than the side effects, so if you are at risk of fracture, which your bone scan indicates, then use of these drugs are justified. This is a conversation you need to be having with your physician since they know you better than anyone on this board can. They can review the risks and benefits to help you make a decision. ...Read more

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What can be done for bone loss?

What can be done for bone loss?

Find the cause: The appropriate treatment depends on the cause of the bone loss. More information is needed. In the meantime, make sure you are getting adequate amount of calcium and vit d from your diet. ...Read more

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What symptoms suggest bone loss?

What symptoms suggest bone loss?

Sometimes, none: Bone loss is assessed in post-menopausal women with a bone densiometry study. Estrogen tends to mitigate bone loss in pre-menopausal women. Many women with bone loss have no symptoms until a "spontaneous fracture" occurs with or without a fall. ...Read more

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Can you reverse bone loss at 80?

Can you reverse bone loss at 80?

Very difficult: You've asked a great question. In general, after age 21-25, the body only loses bone. Most of our osteoporosis medications inhibit additional loss of bone, but by inhibiting the resorption of bone, we also inhibit any new formation. A number of new medications have good initial results showing more bone formation, but they need more time to prove their value. ...Read more

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What's it mean to have bone loss?

What's it mean to have bone loss?

Less bone: We build and lose bone everyday. We build more than we lose until we're around 30 years old. Then we start losing more than we build. Over time, this leads to osteopenia, then osteoporosis, which increases the risk of fracture. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bone loss.?

Describe the features of bone loss.?

Varies: Bone loss features can vary. People may be asymptomatic to painful if associated with bone fractures. Bone mineral density (bmd) testing looks at bone quantitative amount. It does not determine bone quality. The quantity and quality of bone determine strength. Bone loss may be prevented/treated by bisphosphonates, denosumab, impact exercise, calcium, vitamin d. ...Read more

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What's the solution to oral bone loss?

Prevent perio: Diagnose and treating gum disease will prevent any bone loss. ...Read more

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What are meds that can cause bone loss?

Bone loss: There are a number of medical conditions and medications that can cause bone loss. That said, it is uncommon in a 37 year old woman unless there is a medical condition or a medication that is causing this. Have you had a bone density test and if so what did it show? If you have not had a test but think it necessary please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat bone loss?

What's the safest way to treat bone loss?

Many options: First, find out the cause of the bone loss so you are not just treating the symptom instead of the cause. If you have osteopenia, make sure you maintain proper nutrition, keep active, do weight bearing exercises daily, take adequate calcium + vit d supplement (1200-1500 mg, 2000 iu vit d). If you have osteoporosis, do all above and a fda approved osteoporosis after discussion with your md/do. ...Read more

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What are the tests that indicate bone loss?

What are the tests that indicate bone loss?

DXA: A bone density test, (aka dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or dxa) is like a special x-ray and measures how much bone is in the spine, hip and sometimes wrist. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal vs vertical bone loss?

Can't answer: In general with osteoporosis bone loss you lose bone density in both the horizontal struts and the vertical trabeculae. The cause of the bone loss, the resorption canals are in all of the trabecular bones horizontal and vertical. Normal bone turnover does this also but in osteoporosis these resorption canals are increased in number and this leads to increased the bone loss. ...Read more

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What can cause vertical and horizontal bone loss?

What can cause vertical and horizontal bone loss?

Many reasons: I assume you meant the jaw bone around the teeth. There can be many reasons, gum disease, periodontal diseases, trauma, pathology like a cyst/tumor, infection of the teeth, poor or defective fillings/crowns and poor oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do myself to treat bone loss?

Are there things I can do myself to treat bone loss?

Yes: Make sure that your daily calcium and vitamin d ingestion meets the recommended requirements. Additionally, weight bearing or anti-gravitational exercise such as walking is a good way to prevent further bone loss and stimulate new bone formation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bone loss?

Bone loss=: Non specific, descriptive term encompassing various disorders of abnormal bone turnover, production, or mineralization which result in weakening/"softening" of bone. ...Read more

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What if you have bone loss in gums?

What if you have bone loss in gums?

Peridontitis: Bone loss is indicative of periodontal disease. It needs to be treated to help prevent loss of your teeth. Please see a periodontist pronto. ...Read more

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How can I prevent bone loss?

Diet, exercise: Bone loss in premenopausal women can be prevented by proper diet, adequate vitamin d and calcium, exercise, avoidance of cigarettes. Minimal alcohol intake and avoidance of excessive thyroid hormone therapy. ...Read more

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Does menopause cause bone loss?

Yes: Estrogen promotes healthy bones. With menopause, estrogen levels fall. Many women experience a rapid loss of bone in the 1st 2 yrs after menopause. Estrogen therapy (et) starting at the time of menopause can slow down /prevent this bone loss. Starting et much later does not reverse osteoporosis. Promote bone health by taking ca, vit d, participate in weight bearing exercise, and don't smoke. ...Read more

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How much is 50% periodontal bone loss?

How much is 50% periodontal bone loss?

Severe: When a dentist refers to 50% periodontal bone loss, they are generally seeing an area where half of the bone that was originally supporting a tooth has been destroyed. Sometimes this bone loss is localized (affecting 1or 2 teeth), but often it is "generalized" meaning that a similar amount of bone has been lost around several or all the teeth in the mouth. ...Read more

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Are there proven ways to help prevent bone loss?

Yes: Adequate calcium and vitamin d intake are important. Numerous studies have shown that estrogen replacement therapy will significantly decrease bone mineral loss. For women who can not or will not take estrogen there are a number of effective medications specifically intended to decrease bone mineral loss. ...Read more

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Does menopause cause bone loss or is it a coincidence?

Yes: At menopause your body stops producing estrogen. The decrease in estrogen is a factor in the development of osteoporosis. Bone loss can be controlled with medication, vit d, calcium, and exercise. You should discuss your risk factors with your pcp and he/she should be able to start appropriate treatment to try to minimize bone loss. ...Read more

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How many millimeters is considered periodontal bone loss?

4: The healthy measurement is 2-3 mm. Anything above that is considered abnormal. ...Read more

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How do you know if you've had bone loss due to osteopenia?

How do you know if you've had bone loss due to osteopenia?

A bone density/BTM: A DXA bone density is the best way to identify if you have osteopenia. You will be evaluated with a frax if you do your DXA at the right place. You should get a complete copy of your report including the graphics. This is needed to estimate your fracture risk. The world health organization (who) has developed a fracture risk profile the frax. Bad news medicare has decreased payment too low. ...Read more

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What more can I do to prevent further bone loss from bad diet and ageing?

What more can I do to prevent further bone loss from bad diet and ageing?

Exercise, Calcium: Exercise - especially weight bearing exercise will help to increase bone mass (premenopausal) or slow down the rate of bone loss (post menopausal).

Calcium slows the rate of bone loss. Women over 50 should take between 1200mg-1500mg per day of calcium (divided into 2-3 doses per day).
Leafy green veggies, dairy and yogurt added to your diet.
Estrogen replacement in postmenopausal women may help. ...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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I was wondering is it possible to get 9 cavities, deep pockets, and bone loss within the matter of 5-7 months?

Yes: Sjogren syndrome with dry eyes and side effect of biphosphonates can do this. Rheumatologist should be able to come up with a plan. ...Read more

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Since bc and ooph I have severe osteo and have put on 10 kilos, because I have no estrog. How can I lose this weight & not more bone loss?

Since bc and ooph I have severe osteo and have put on 10 kilos, because I have no estrog. How can I lose this weight & not more bone loss?

Estrogen loss?: At your age, you should be on Estrogens to lessen risk for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease prevention! But estrogen deprevation does not causes weight gain per se. It is likely to be caused by diet, lack of exercise, or other hormonal issues! But a better diet and more exercise is a cornerstone for weight loss, no matter the cause for weight gain! ...Read more

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Bone Loss (Definition)

Non specific, descriptive term encompassing various disorders of abnormal bone turnover, production, or mineralization which result ...Read more