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Will osteopenia eventually develop into osteoporosis?

Will osteopenia eventually develop into osteoporosis?

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 more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more


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Does osteopenia eventually progress to osteoporosis, or are they one in the same?

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 more

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How can you decrase your risk of fractures due to postmenopausal osteoporosis?

How can you decrase your  risk of fractures due to postmenopausal osteoporosis?

Meds/exer/fall prev: Osteoporosis - poor bone quality and low bone quality- is very common, esp. In post- menopausal women. 50% may have a fracture after age 50. Calcium, vit. D, stopping cigs, reduce alcohol, fall prevention, wt. Bearing exercise, and medications (hormone therapy or anti- osteo meds are all part of a sensible regimen. Ideal approach is to prevent osteo in one's earlier years but great opportun. Now. ...Read more

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How can people develop heart cancer?

How can people develop heart cancer?

It is very rare: Heart cancer either primary to the heart muscle or pericardium (surrounding tissue) is very rare. Even metastatic cancer from another site spreading to the heart is rare. Direct invasion of the area surrounding the heart by a nearby cancer, into the pericardium or heart muscle is unusual but more frequent than the others mentioned above. ...Read more

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How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

With less energy: It takes less energy from falls to cause a wrist fracture in an osteoporotic person. Also, the fractures can be more "smashed" into pieces with ostoeporosis. ...Read more

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How quickly can periodontal disease develop?

How quickly can periodontal disease develop?

It depends: It can develop rapidly or slowly depending on the type. Since you are 41, if you have periodontal disease, it may be the aggressive form in the moderate to advanced stages, or the chronic form in the early stages. There is a lot of variability here. A comprehensive periodontal evaluation with proper radiographs should answer your question! ...Read more

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How do c-spine fractures affect people with osteoporosis?

How do c-spine fractures affect people with osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis: The reduction in calcium with osteoporosis increases the risk for fractures in all parts of the spine. Osteoporosis also increases the complexity of surgical repair by requiring the inclusion of more levels to spread the load and may also require cement to augment the pedicle screws. Healing time for the fracture or surgical fusion can also be much longer. ...Read more

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How quickly can secondary caries develop?

How quickly can secondary caries develop?

Immediately: Secondary caries can start as soon as bacteria have a food source to produce acids and therefore cause demineralization of the tooth. That is why it is important to brush and floss after every meal and after any snacks. At least rinse out thoroughly when you cannot brush or floss and avoid foods and liquids high in sugar. Many sports and energy drinks are very acidic and can also be problematic. ...Read more

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Will schizophrenic people develop dementia and at what age ?

Will schizophrenic people develop dementia and at what age
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Not typically: 1) There are several types of dementia, so it is hard to generalize. 2) Neither schizophrenia nor Alzheimer's (a common dementia) are well understood as to mechanism and are quite different. 3) Predicting who will get dementia is the subject of research, with little clinical evidence. 4) A single patient can get an MRI or PET scan, but even these tests confirm or exclude and do not predict well. ...Read more

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Does osteopenia cause fractures in infants?

Does osteopenia cause fractures in infants?

Inadequate reserves : And increased loss .Deficiencies in calcium and phosphate and disturbed balance between them are frequently encountered, and may lead to significant impairment of bone deposition. Osteopenia of prematurity – also known as neonatal rickets, rickets of prematurity or neonatal metabolic bone disease – is a common and important concern in neonatology. ...Read more

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Does insulin resistance mean i will inevitably develop diabetes in 5-15 years?

Depends, Yes..Unless: Type dm develops over several decades, so concern is highly appropriate; keep hba1c ~5.0%, the NMR particle test can predict dm ~20 yrs in advance & keeping these fat carrying proteins in excellent ranges is critically important. Biggest driver of dm is eating sugar(s), i.e. Carbs, so go very low carb. Study: taubes, attia, dietdoctor, lchf, paleo, science for smart people. ...Read more

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Will avascular necrosis continue to progress after you stopped steroids ?

Will avascular necrosis continue to progress after you stopped steroids ?

Yes it can.: Avascular necrosis is caused by a lack of blood suppy to a bone (avanscular means no blood vessels). Stopping steroids will not reverse the lack of blood supply. ...Read more

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Can anyone at any age develop spondylosis? Can spondylosis develop in anybody regardless of their age? .

Can anyone at any age develop spondylosis? Can spondylosis develop in anybody regardless of their age?

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Yes: As you drive a car, you expect that your tires will be more worn 9 months after driving on it, when compared to 3 months of driving it. You expect skin to start wrinkling more and more as we get older. Spondylosis implies degenerative arthritis of the spine joints. It is expected that as you go from age 10 to 20 to 40 to 60 to 80, amount of spondylosis increases. It is normal aging, and expected. ...Read more

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If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?

If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?

Osteoporosis: If your doctor has not recommended calcium along with vitamin D you might need a doctor who knows a bit more about osteoporosis. Together these meds will help control your bone health but you might also need osteoporosis medicine. Please call the International Society for Clinical Densitometry at 860-259-1000. They will point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

Increases new risks: Women with hip fractures and osteoporosis are at higher risk for another fragility fracture in the future. Work on balance, strengthen your leg muscles with weight bearing exercise, take your calcium and vitamin d, ask your doctor about bone stimulating medications. ...Read more

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28 yr old diagnosed w severe pregnancy/lactating associated osteoporosis is there anyway to heal my bones without fosamax (alendronate)? Will my bones even return

28 yr old diagnosed w severe pregnancy/lactating associated osteoporosis is there anyway to heal my bones without fosamax (alendronate)? Will my bones even return

Yes, a long time: Prior to Fosamax Rx. patients with severe osteoporosis consumed Vitamin D and calcium for long periods of time with very very slow resolution of the disease. Most notably, many patients had spontaneous fractures during the "slow" method of Rx. Thank goodness for Fosamax that can "speed up" the new bone deposition and avoid the consequences of fractures and immobility. ...Read more

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Can tamoxifen cause osteopenia or osteoporosis?

Can tamoxifen cause osteopenia or osteoporosis?

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 more

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How can vitamin d help to maintain strong bones helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis?

How can vitamin d help to maintain strong bones helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis?

More calcium to bone: Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium from diet and help the body to place more of the needed Calcium in your bones ...Read more

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Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Shunt indepedence: A common asked question but a commonly unknown answer. Very few patients with shunts truly become independent, in my own experience it is probably only about 5%. There is a surgery, known as a iiird ventriculostomy where a hole can be made at the base of the brain to bypass the fluid obstruction - if successful the shunt can be removed but not all patients fulfill the criteria for this operation. ...Read more