Archive for the ‘Osteoporosis’ Category
Tomorrow I am at the 2014 National Osteoporosis Foundation meeting. Actually the name “National Prevent Fractures Organization” would better explain our goals. We don’t care about Osteoporosis as much as we care about Preventing Fractures.
DXA and T-score test results of “osteoporosis” only identify about 15% of the persons who will fracture. How can we identify those persons with “osteopenia” who will fracture? We use FRAX and Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA). My Poster # 18 tomorrow and Friday documents how adding VFA to DXA identifies additional persons at high risk for Fractures.
3 1/2 year old grandson RJ and 10 month old granddaughter Gwen were here for a whirlwind visit of less than 2 full days. In the case of RJ, whirlwind is a proper description. Saturday morning he hunted plastic Easter eggs, afternoon he spent at the Phelps Youth Pavilion, played baseball and soccer with his uncle, and in the evening he dyed real eggs. Gwen is more sedate, learning to walk while hanging on. Sunday they watched and listened to Grammy and Papa in the choir.
Grandkids are a blue zone.
Jay Ginther, MD
If you want to learn a lot about bone health, there is a book for you: “The Complete Book of Bone Health”.
Diane L Schneider, MD is a former associate professor specializing in bone health and osteoporosis prevention. She is unusual among doctors. She addresses all aspects of bone health in language that regular people can understand.
If you have a Heart Attack or a Stroke (Brain Attack), you don’t say it was an accident. You check out your heart or blood pressure to see what is wrong that can be corrected. In this way, you decrease the risk of another heart attack or stroke.
If you have a Fracture after a fall, don’t say it was an accident. Check out your Bone Health to see what can be improved or corrected. In this way, you won’t have increased Fracture Risk the next time you fall. Anyone can fall, but not everyone fractures. A fall can be an accident, but a fracture is a Bone Attack – a warning to check your bone health.
In 7 years, I have never evaluated someone for bone health without finding at least one issue that can be improved. That included myself, when I was honest and actually evaluated my own situation.