Patients often ask “What’s that for?” when I order blood tests. They understand that DXA is for Bone Mineral Density (BMD). They understand Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) when I show the lateral Spine image to them on the screen. Blood tests are a bit more challenging.
Osteoporosis is often caused or made worse by other diseases and conditions. We screen for the common diseases and conditions. Some of them are easily corrected. Easy or hard, they must be identified and corrected to maximize bone health and minimize fracture risk. For this we need blood tests.
Early Saturday morning a small miracle happened. A baby girl was born. Every newborn baby is a miracle, full of potential to change the world. This one was personal, my first granddaughter. A wonderful Fathers’ Day present for her father and grandfather.
Based on advertizements and extensive research on the internet, a patient recently added Strontium Citrate to her treatment for falling Bone Mineral Density (BMD). What she read claimed that Strontium will increase BMD and prevent fractures. Furthermore, the media have talked about rare complications of FDA approved pharmaceuticals, but never about complications of Strontium Citrate – the Strontium preparation available in the USA.
At the National Osteoporosis Foundation this spring we reviewed the data on Strontium. Sarah Morgan, RD, MD, has spent several years searching for the results of studies about the effects of Strontium Citrate in humans. She shared her journey with us.
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.