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A condition in which bones become weak and brittle.
Depends: In the early stages, there might not be any symptoms. Symptoms in late stage of the disease include: bone pain, loss of height, stooped posture or pain from fractures that occur because of the osteoporosis (hip, wrist, vertebra-lower back, neck pain.) you need to be treated if you were diagnosed with osteoporosis. The condition will not get better on its own. ...Read more
A condition in which bones become weak and brittle.
How can I naturally treat my osteoporosis? Are there natural ways to help treat the beginning signs of osteoporosis?
Vitamin D & Calcium: Everyone's definition of "natural" is different. For example, nothing is more natural that Premarin (conjugated estrogens) which is an estrogen extracted from pregnant mare urine. If you're looking for something that's not fda regulated, then I recommend vitamin d and calcium. ...Read more
Disease: Osteoporosis is a disease where the affected person has low bone mass and deterioration of the bones. This results in fragile bones and and increase in susceptibility to fractures and broken bones. Risk factors: gender (female) and age (post-menopausal). Excercise and calcium supplementation... In children (fortified milk) and young ladies are important, life-long preventive measures. ...Read more
What would cause a spinal T-score of -6.0 in a 28 yr old female? I'm really scared of my osteoporosis diagnoses! Help
Very low LS T-score: A lumbar spine T-score of -6.0 is extremely low, but is difficult to interpret before menopause because the scoring system was designed for postmenopausal women. Young women with a family history of osteoporosis and/or with anorexia nervosa can have T-scores this low. Fortunately, peak (highest) bone mass is not reached until your early 30s, so your bone density can improve with weight gain. ...Read more
Only partly: The DEXA scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks. ...Read more
Genetic factors: At age 31 genetic factors and estrogen deficiency would be the most likely causes. Less commonly cortisone or other steroids, anorexia, immobilization, and a variety of drugs such as blockers of stomach acid secretion and antidepressive agents may cause bone loss. Long term vitamin d deficiency may also be a factor. ...Read more
Porous bone: Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease characterized by thining or loss of density in bones. It put you at risk for fractures, especially the hip, wrist or vertebra. This condition is diagnosed by a DXA scan (bone density scan). Effective treatments are currently available if you indeed were found to have osteoporosis. ...Read more
Exercise, diet &supps:
Exercise has been shown to improve bone density. A healthy diet is essential- avoid sweets, sodas, lots of meat, coffee- these acidify your body & leach calcium from your bones! Many supps proven to help- vit d & k most important, also calcium, magnesium, boron, strontium. The drugs don't work well & have side effects!
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Many: Start first with your primary care physician. He/she is the one who knows you best. If necessary, she/he will refer you to the appropriate specialist (endo, gyn, rheumatologists, orthopedic, women health...). It's very important to try to find the cause of the osteoporosis rather than just jump directly to treatment. ...Read more
Osteoporosis.: For osteoporosis, it's weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, keep your weight down. Medications when necessary would include Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva (ibandronate). You'd need bone density tests every two to three years after you reach the menopause and treat more aggressively with medications dependent on the results. ...Read more
Yes: There are many medications to treat osteoporosis from nasal spray to pills (once/day, once/week, once/month) to injections (daily, every 3 months, every 6 months and yearly). Please talk to your doctor about the most appropriate treatment for you. Regardless of what you choose, it's important to maintain norrmal calcium and vitamin d level. Supplememt if necessary. ...Read more
There is no: Permanent cure for osteoporosis, Raloxifene (evista) mimics estrogen's beneficial effects on bone density in postmenopausal women, without some of the risks associated with estrogen. Taking this drug may also reduce the risk of some types of breast cancer. Hot flashes are a common side effect. Raloxifene also may increase your risk of blood clots. ...Read more
Is raloxefene the only breast cancer treatment that helps the bones against osteoporosis and does it build new bone, & prevent hip and spine fractures?
One of it: Evista (raloxifene) or Raloxifene is a selective estrogen modulating drug, used in post menopausal breast cancers, is slightly better than tomaxifen in certain aspects, like reducing osteoporoses, reduce the incidence of fractures, has to be used with caution, in presence of vascular, renal & heart diseases may cause lethal thromboembolism. Speak to your oncologist. ...Read more
Alendronate (Fosamax (alendronate): In my practice I have good luck with fosamax (alendronate). ...Read more
Dx osteoporosis & vit d def, take adcal-3 1500mg ca 400iu D3 2x daily (split) been prescription extra 800iu can I take this with first adcal tablet in morning?
Yes: Yes- you can take the extra vitamin d with the adcal. Take it with a meal. ...Read more