Pharmaceutical Industry Websites

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Vertebral Fracture Assessment or VFA

January 11, 2011 @ 8:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Vertebral Fracture Assessment or VFA is based on viewing the spine from the side.  This side view compliments DXA and BMD by detecting Vertebral Compression Fractures, which are an indication of poor bone quality and Osteoporosis.

DXA – the Bone Mineral Density Scan

January 10, 2011 @ 8:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry or DXA measures Bone Mineral Density or BMD.  Tests on DXA machines are commonly called bone density scans.  These machines became available over 20 years ago.  The on board computer gives a simple number for a reading.  It looked like a very simple and accurate way to test for Osteoporosis.  We now know that it is neither.

Calcium Supplements

January 8, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Your Total daily intake of Calcium should be 1200 to 1500 mg.  That is 4 to 5 – 8 oz glasses of milk every day.  Or you can have other sources of Calcium in your Diet.  If you do not get 1200 to 1500 mg of Total Calcium in your Diet, you should take Calcium Supplements.

Optimal Levels for Vitamin D

January 7, 2011 @ 8:00 am
posted by Dr Ginther

In 2010 the “Optimal” level most often quoted at National Osteoporosis Foundation and at American Society for Bone Mineral Research was 32 to 100ng/ml.  This is markedly different from the original “normal” range of 15 to 40ng/ml.