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Osteopenia Vs Osteoporosis
Bone density: Osteopenia and osteoporosis are diagnosis made by comparing your bone density to that of a young healthy adult. Osteoporosis is worse than osteopenia, and with time and lack of treatment osteopenia can worsen, but it doesn't necessarily have to. Weight bearing exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin d intake, and smoking cessation can help protect your bones. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more
Not necessarily: "osteopenia" is not a disease. It's a level of bone mineral density (bmd) that was literally invented due to being near but not as low as the osteoporosis bmd selected by the who in the 1990s. The fact is that some people with the "osteopenia" level bmd have more risk of fracture than others who meet the "osteoporosis" definition. Please, ask your doctor for a clinical risk frax analysis! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Severity: Both osteopenia and osteoporosis indicate there is too little calcium in the bone. Osteoporosis is more severe, and suggests a higher risk for future fractures (broken bones), compared to osteopenia, or normal bone. Depending on other risk factors, medical treatment is usually recommended for osteoporosis, and sometimes advised for osteopenia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: Hi. No, osteopenia is a RISK for osteoporosis, not a GUARANTEE of osteoporosis. Treatment to preserve bone health can prevent progression to osteoporosis. Adequate calcium & vitamin D help, but alone are generally not adequate to prevent progression to osteoporosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less bone loss: Osteopenia is the term we give to the amount of bone loss that occurs in a patient with t scores between -1 and -2.5 based on the world health organization's criteria for measuring bone loss. The more negative the t score, the more bone loss has occurred. If a t score is between 0 and -1, this bone density would still be considered normal. I hope that helped answer your qquestion. ...Read more
No: Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (serm) that is used to treat/prevent breast cancer. Evista (raloxifene) is also a serm and it is used to treat/prevent osteoporosis (it also reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer in at risk women). Tamoxifen does not cause osteopenia or osteoporosis. Tamoxifen has been shown to preserve bone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Degree of bone loss: Osteopenia is a mild to moderate degree of bone loss. Osteoporosis is a severe degree of bone loss. Osteomalacia results from poorly mineralized bone and would show a low density on testing even if there was a normal amount of bone. Diagnosis of osteomalacia is made by blood tests and, if necessary, by evaluating a small amount of bone taken from the pelvis. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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