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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Overview)

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 or even yearly basis.


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How does osteoporosis affect people who have it?

How does osteoporosis affect people who have it?

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

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
1,549 doctors shared insights

Osteoporosis (Overview)

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 or even yearly basis.


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What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

None: Most patients have no symptoms associated with bone loss until a fracture occurs. It is important to obtain a dexa or bone density scan to measure bone density and see if osteoporosis or bone loss is occurring. ...Read more

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Living with Osteoporosis (Checklist)

Quit smoking!
Once
Limit alcohol to no more than 1 serving per day
Once
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How can I naturally treat my osteoporosis? Are there natural ways to help treat the beginning signs of osteoporosis?

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

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Can you please define osteoporosis?

Can you please define osteoporosis?

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

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Living with Osteoporosis (Tip)

Myth: "if my bones don't hurt then i can't have osteoporosis". ...See more

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What would cause a spinal T-score of -6.0 in a 28 yr old female? Im really scared of my osteoporosis diagnoses! Help

What would cause a spinal T-score of -6.0 in a 28 yr old female? Im 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

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How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

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

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Living with Osteoporosis (Tip)

Living with Osteoporosis

Think only women need to be concerned about osteoporosis. Not true. It can happen to men too. ...See more

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