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Dr. David Djang
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Osteopenia (Overview)

Osteopenia is a low bone mineral density which puts one at risk to develop osteoporosis.


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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

Dr. David Djang
239 doctors shared insights

Osteopenia (Overview)

Osteopenia is a low bone mineral density which puts one at risk to develop osteoporosis.


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I have been diagnose with osteopenia in my spine. I have taken biophoshates before and had terrible side effects do I have another choice ?

I have been diagnose with osteopenia in my spine. I have taken biophoshates  before and had terrible side effects do I have another choice ?

Yes they are: Sure they are several choices:iv biphosphonates such as zolendronic acid, parathyroid hormone can olso be used(forteo)can take modified strogens receptors such as evista (raloxifene).You olso need to continue taking the vit d at least 4.000u daily and need to continue loading the bone with exercise. ...Read more

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What did my test results mean? Had X-ray of foot taken and unsure of results. What does "significant degenerative changes at mid foot", osteopenia and vascular calification mean? I have lived several years in pain and managed to work but, i feel my days

What did my test results mean? Had X-ray of foot taken and unsure of results.  What does "significant degenerative changes at mid foot", osteopenia  and vascular calification mean? I have lived several years in pain and managed to work but, i feel my days

"Significant : "significant degenerative changes at mid foot"- this means that there are changes consistent with arthritis typically from age or an old injury.
Osteopenia- is basically weak or brittle bonse due to insufficient calcification, a decalcified bone can be seen on x-ray. Lastly, vascular calcification is calcium deposits seen in the vessels of the foot, this can also be age related as well.
Your doctor should go over these results in detail with you in detail, as well as a treatment plan, which will likely include calcium, vit d, and possibly a steroid injection for your severe foot pain.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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2yrs ago osteopenia t -2.4, 7 months ago t-3.7, spinal. Yesterday t -2.3 on DEXA after strontium ranelate - has someone made a mistake in tests?

2yrs ago osteopenia t -2.4,  7 months ago t-3.7, spinal. Yesterday t -2.3 on DEXA after strontium ranelate - has someone made a mistake in tests?

Unlikely: Generally, an interval DEXA scan is not suggested for a minimum of 18 to 24 months. Certainly a mistake is always possible...
1. Was this done on the same DEXA machine?
2. Same locations and technician?

As such, your replacement with strontium appears to have helped build bone mass and that's why you see an improvement. ...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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Can hormone treatment for prostate cancer cause osteopenia?

Can hormone treatment for prostate cancer cause osteopenia?

Hormone therapy: If you are on a medication that blocks testosterone, you should be on a good calcium and vitamin d supplement and have bone density testing due to bone loss front his med. ...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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What is the best treatment for osteopenia?

What is the best treatment for osteopenia?

Here's a few: Weight bearing exercise, sunlight and vitamin d3, vitamin k2, and calcium will all help your bones. Too much meat and sodas can also cause your body to become acidic and cause the calcium to leach out of your bones to buffer the body's pH level. ...Read more

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I am interested in doing laser lipolysis treatments but I have osteopenia which is on the border to osteoporosis. Is it safe to have laser lypolysis?

I am interested in doing laser lipolysis treatments but I have osteopenia which is on the border to osteoporosis. Is it safe to have laser lypolysis?

Marketing of Easy: Laser is light ; a way to apply heat to kill cells in more superficial tissues. Marketed as sculpting for significant cost, effectiveness ; safety vary. Osteopenia unlikely to be affected, but check vitamin d3 ; ↑ concentrations into 70 to 80 range because very important for ca+2 absorption ; getting to osteoblast cells to build hydroxyapatite to ↑ bone density ; strength. ...Read more

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What are alternative ways to treat osteopenia (or osteoporosis) without using prescription drugs?

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 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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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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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
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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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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

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Whats 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?

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?

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