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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

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Dr. David Djang
228 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 ?

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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