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Medicine 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
Exercise and vit D: Weight-bearing exercises will help strengthen your bones. Calcium and vitamin d supplements also help-i recommend a blood test for vitamin d (25 hydroxy vitamin d), it should be 30 or higher. Some people need much more vitamin d than what is recommended to get their level up to 30. You can use the frax calculator to determine your fracture risk: http://www.Shef.Ac.Uk/frax/tool.Jsp?Country=9. ...Read more
Osteoporosis: The best way to treat with over the counter medications is with vitamin d supplementation as well as with calcium. Typical diets do not contain enough of these. Also, your skin helps to convert vitamin d into the usable form for your body so be sure to get outside. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My dad is 58 yr old his vit d is 8.5, dexascan show osteoporosis in left hip area nd osteopenia in rt arm.Alongwith sacroililits lthip cause, medicine?
Vit d replacement:
vitamin D of 8.5 is very low, and will need vitamin D replacement as recommended by his doctor.
Target vitamin D is more than 30.
Management of osteopenia will take into consideration regarding all the clinical risk factors, and risk of fracture for the next 10 years.
Recommend referral to endocrinologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
Osteopenia of left femur neck. BMD g/cm2 0.649, T-score -1.8, Z-Score, -0.4. Would this require drug treatment. Total hip and Spine classified normal.
Osteopenia: At age 62 you should be a bit concerned but for now I would strongly suggest you check with the doctor whether or not your need drug therapy. Please let me know what your doctor said. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers