Osteoporosis (OP) affects 24 million Americans. OP has no warning symptoms - the first sign is a hip or leg, or spine fracture. At which point, there are plenty of symptoms and a major impact on over all health and even longevity. The risk level is 50% of Amercican women will have significant osteoporosis, more than breast and uterine cancer combined. 1 in 2 womens will have a fracture, Fractures are not only painful and a source of ongoing disability, they are a risk factor for death from all causes. 25% of women over 50 that have a fracture will die in the following year! The tragedy is compounded when you consider how easily Osteoporosis is prevented.
The bone mineral density test, called a DEXA scan, is the only way to get a precise measurement of the state of calcium density and strength of bones. This test is important. In general, we recommend women to start DEXA scan 5 years after menopause, men by age 60.
Bone is constantly recycling itself. Old bone tissue is absorbed by cells called osteoclasts. Replacement new bone is produced by osteoblasts cells. Most OP is the result of bone resorption being too fast relative of bone building. The main issues in OP are inflammation and loss of bone morphogenic proteins, the tinny control chemicals that turn on bone and connective tissue growth.
There is a specific inflammation, abbreviated as RNLK that causes the too rapid re-absorption bone. Inflammatory triggers thoughout the body caues RNKL to increase and be released from the Osteoblast and then causes osteoclasts to speed up reabsorption bone cells causeing osteoporosis. .
We have worked with women, and men, with osteoporosis of all degrees of severity . From mild osteopenia to complete skeletal collapse with generally good outcomes. Feel free to call us for recommendations for your situation. 707 421 2143