Facts About Osteoporosis / Bone Loss

  • Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of the people 50 years of age and older
  • In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis
  • While osteoporosis is often thought of as an older person’s disease, it can strike at any age
  • DEXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD)

Bone density testing is strongly recommended if you:

  • are a post-menopausal woman and not taking estrogen
  • have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture
  • are a post-menopausal woman who is over 5 feet 7 inches or less than 125 pounds
  • use medications including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs that are known to have potentials for bone loss
  • have conditions such as hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland function), hyperparathyroidism( over active parathyroid gland function), type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, or a family history of osteoporosis
  • have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma
  • have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis

How DEXA Exam is performed?

This examination is usually done on an outpatient basis and is virtually painless. Bone density of the hip and spine is measured. The patient lies on a padded table. An x-ray generator which produces low amount of X-ray is located below the patient and an imaging device, or detector, is positioned above. The patient’s legs are supported on a padded box to flatten the pelvis and lower back. The detector is slowly passed over the area, generating images on a computer monitor. The whole exam takes 15-20 minutes.

Interpretation of DEXA results:

There is only one number that you need to know about and that is your T- Score.
This number is your bone density compared with what is normally expected in a healthy young adult of your sex.

  • If your T-score is between 0-(-1) or any positive number, you have a great bone density that is within normal range
  • If your T-score is between (-1) to (-2.5) your bone density is in the stage before osteoporosis. Stage before osteoporosis is called osteopenia
  • If your T- score is above -2.5 your bone density is in osteoporosis stage
  • It is important to know your accurate T-score: T- score of – 1.1 and -1.23 both indicate osteopenia, but T-score of -1.23 indicates a more sever condition since it is very close to osteoporosis zone and the treatment approach needs to be more aggressive

Treatment/Prevention of osteoporosis:

Most of the medications used to treat osteoporosis are also used to help prevent it. They include:

  • Supplementation with Calcium and other vitamins and minerals targeted to prevent bone loss
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (Estrogens and/or progesterone)
  • Calcitonin
  • Bisphosphonates: Fosamax, Actonel, Didronel, Boniva, Aredia, Zometa
  • Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) such as Evista
  • Recombinant DNA Parathyroid Hormone

Easy, Non-aggressive, Non-expensive way to help your bone!

Standing on one leg at a time (Unipedal standing) captures the 2.75 times weight load to the hip bone. Unipedal standing for one minute is equivalent to the amount of integral load gained through walking for approximately 53 minutes. Unipedal standing balance exercise in one minute 3 times per one day is useful to create beneficial effect on the bone density of the hip bone and to prevent falls but is not statistically definition to prevent hip fracture.

Take home message

Stand on each leg for a minute with your eyes open three times a day. If you need to, hang onto something so you don’t fall down.

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