Archive for the ‘Bone Health’ Category
The American Society for Bone & Mineral Research 35th Annual Meeting has just concluded. Of the roughly 2000 attendees, nearly half were form other countries. Most are PhD researchers dealing in basic science issues and then moving toward answers to human maladies. Two totally new types of osteoporosis medications are in phase 3 human trials. They look promising.
Those of us who treat human patients use meetings to trade information. My poster about using Vertebral Fracture Assessment to improve the accuracy of DXA was well received. Many academic osteoporosis centers routinely use VFA, but have not yet analyzed and reported their results. I learned a lot from other attendees, much of which will help me help my patients.
Katie Bries, ARNP, has joined our staff as a Nurse Practitioner. Her expertise is in Adult and Geriatric Medicine. This will allow us to make the most of the time we have with each patient. She began seeing patients on her own Friday. At last!
Katie has been a nurse for 18 years. She now has completed her Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner at Allen College. Last spring she did a clinical rotation in our office. Impressed with our success in bone health, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, she accepted a position with us.
Estrogen alone as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is safe. Estrogen actually saves lives compared to no estrogen replacement after hysterectomy in women between 50 and 59. 13 women’s lives were saved for every 10,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study between 2002 and 2011.
Many women have avoided HRT ever since 2002 when HRT was reported to slightly increase cardiovascular deaths. Further analysis of that data showed that Progestin was the problem. Estrogen by itself protects against heart disease! NOT taking Estrogen is dangerous! Estrogen also protects against osteoporosis and fractures!
A good question from a woman who had brought her mother in for treatment of osteoporosis with complications. I answered, “when you are as old as she is”, pointing to her teen-age daughter. That shocked all three women!
Gradual deterioration of bone is a natural process that begins at about age 30. Before age 30 your bones are building up – but only if you are getting enough calcium, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, protein and vigorous exercise, like running or aerobics.