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Bone density: Men and women reach a peak bone density and after this peak, bone density declines. The rate of decline is different for different people due to various factors. Once bone density declines to a certain point it is considered osteoporosis. With medications and lifestyle changes, the age related decline in bone density can be slowed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
< -2.5 requires tx: What is important is that a t-score < -2.5 is considered significant, and requires treatment. ...Read more
57 year old Asian woman with osteoporosis. Any studies that show that diet & exercise alone can maintain health, i.e., drugs aren't necessary?
I know the T-score for osteoporosis is -2.5 but what is the lowest level recorded does it go to -7 or more I am worried incase mine gets any worse.
What is a significant change in t/z scores for osteoporosis? My spine is -8.6% worse... Is that a lot for 1 year? Femurs change are -0.007% and -0.5%.
High variability: A significant problem with dexa scans is the variability both between different machines and within the same center. The reported variability using the same machine on two different days is about 4%. If one tries to compare two different machines (and operators), the variability can be as high as 10-15%. It looks like your spine may be worse, but the femur is unchanged. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
YES!: Yes, men can get osteoporosis. Men at increased risk are those who have been treated with certain medicines including steroids (prednisone) or medicines to treat prostate problems or cancer. Thin men or men with a family history are also at risk. Men can have the same testing as women to determine if they have osteoporosis, it is a simple xray test called a bone density or dexa scan. Get tested! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes anyone can, but-: Everyone will start losing bone density usually after their 20's. However, not everyone will get osteoporosis (bone loss to the point of being at higher risk for hip or back factures.) how quickly you lose it will depend on gender, family history, race, medications taken (especially corticosteroids), weight bearing exercises performed in the past and performing now, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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