The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new guidelines for screening for Osteoporosis by using DXA to test for Bone Mineral Density. These are more restrictive than current National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines and may predict cutbacks in covered services coming under “Obamacare” which is scheduled to cut Medicare spending by 30 per cent over the next 10 years.
Antiresorptives are the most common and best known Osteoporosis medications. Antiresorptives slow down the Osteoclasts. They target the Osteoclasts and prevent them from eating away (resorbing) the bone. They come in several varieties.
If Calcium and Vitamin D and Multiple Vitamins are not enough to treat your Osteoporosis, you will need to take a specific Osteoporosis Medication. It is very important to take the Right Medication for Your Osteoporosis. No medication is the best all the time, even for one person.
Bone Mineral Density is the amount of calcium and similar minerals in each square cm of bone. This is a 2 dimensional picture. The bone is actually 3 dimensional. This means that we must estimate the size and thickness of the back half of the spine and hope it is not arthritic.