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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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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

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


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Is osteoporosis a reversible condition?

Is osteoporosis a reversible condition?

To some degree: Once the diagnosis of osteoporosis is made, we first hope therapy will slow down and stabalize bone density. We then hope we will add bone density back. We may not be able to get someone out of the osteoporosis range but with proper treatment, weight bearing exercise, and supplements bone denisty should rise. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am at risk for getting osteoporosis?

How do I know if I am at risk for getting osteoporosis?

Risk factors?: Menopause is a major risk factor since the loss of estrogen leads to increased bone loss. Other important risks include increasing age, family history, personal history of a fracture, cigarette smoking, use of steroids, low body weight, or alcohol. The frax risk analysis will help you calculate your risk of a fracture within the next 10 years. ...Read more

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What do you do if you have advanced osteoporosis?

What do you do if  you have advanced osteoporosis?

Teriparatide: If severe osteoporosis is present it is important to determine the cause to see if it is correctible. The most potent medication to treat osteoporosis is teriparatide. ...Read more

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What are alternatives to the perscription medications for osteoporosis?

What are alternatives to the perscription medications for osteoporosis?

Vit D,K and others: It takes more than just vit d and calcium. Vit k in the form of mk7, magnesium and trace minerals are important. Strontium can be helpful. Oxaloacetic acid has been shown to slow bone loss. Of course hormones can slow bone loss. Wt bearing and strength exercise are important. There are options besides biphosphonates. ...Read more

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Do men ever get osteoporosis?

Yes: Men definitely get osteoporosis. In healthy men, by the age of 65 and older the incidence of osteoporosis is essentially the same as a woman. In fact as men age they develop a higher death rate following hip fractures then women. Men need bone density testing also. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate suffering from osteoporosis?

How can I alleviate suffering from osteoporosis?

Prevent accidents.: Although a variety of medications can improve bone density prevention of accidents is very important in reducing the risk of fractures. About 90% of hip fractures occur after a fall. So preventing falls is more important than taking medication to prevent hip fractures. ...Read more

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Will exercise help if you think you have osteoporosis?

Beneficial.: Exercise is mainly beneficial in osteoporosis patients because strong legs are likely to prevent falls. There is only a slight benefit to preserving bone. ...Read more

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What causes osteoporosis?

What causes osteoporosis?

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

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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a dxa scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the dxa scan. ...Read more

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