Archive for May, 2011
My Aunt Henrietta helped spark my interest in Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment. She has experienced several complications of severe osteoporosis. She always looked after her neices and nephews. I have had the opportunity to return the favor. And I have been able to visit her this past week.
Visiting Henrietta reminds me of the problems that accompany severe osteoporosis. She can no longer see what is on a shelf much more than 4 feet from the floor. Reaching the upper half of closets is a huge challenge. Opening the upper pane of her windows required my assistance.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation reaffirmed it’s core purpose – Fracture Prevention – at its International Symposium last week. It’s back to the basics.
Fracture Prevention requires proper diet and lifestyle. Medication alone is not enough. In fact Medication is often not necessary in individuals who have not yet fractured.
Fracture Prevention requires an Individualized Fracture Risk Assessment. DXA t-score alone is not enough.
Why would / should an orthopod attend NOF? What could an Orthopod possibly know about Osteoporosis? What could an Orthopod contribute at NOF?
Secondary Hyperparathyroidism is quite common. I see a new case nearly every week. Secondary Hyperparathyroidism happens when the parathyroid glands are doing their job.
If you do not have enough calcium in your diet, or if you take meds for GERD (heartburn), or if your vitamin D level is low, or if you take Calcium Carbonate instead of Calcium Citrate, or if you have Colitis or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you may not be absorbing enough calcium.