Posts Tagged ‘DXA’

So how do you find out what aspects of your bone health are pretty good already, what will be easy to fix, and what will take some real work?  Start with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

DXA is about 1/3 of the story and should include both hips and spine.  When you are as old as I am, the spine probably is too arthritic to be really accurate, but helps complete the picture.  If you have had a total hip replacement, you should use the non-dominant forearm.

VFA will pick up many persons at increased fracture risk who are missed by DXA alone.  You should ask for VFA, especially if you or a parent have kyphosis (humpback) or have lost height.

The FRAX calculation picks up different individuals at high fracture risk.

Blood tests should include CBC, CMP, TSH, PTH, and 25-hydroxy Vitamin D as a start.  Further testing may be needed.

A medical history and examination focused on bone issues is a critical part of the full consultation.  We allot a minimum of 30 minutes for discussion.  Often a follow-up visit is needed to be sure both we and our patients are clear on the whole picture.

DXA alone misses over half of the individuals who need to improve their bone health.  Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Jay Ginther, MD

True in the 1960’s – even more true today.  We expect to live into our 80’ and 90’s.  We expect to enjoy those extra years.  We can, with a little planning and action NOW.

If YOU don’t take care of your body, where ARE you going to live?  That is the real question.  Women start to rapidly lose bone at Menopause.  This is totally natural and used to be unavoidable.  Without action on your part, you could develop Clinical Osteoporosis and Fractures and wind up in a nursing home.  You can avoid these complications of natural aging.

Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa offers a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  DXA, VFA, specific blood tests not usually done in annual check-ups, full history, an examination and full consultation usually take 30 minutes focused on bone health alone.  We can Prevent Osteoporosis if we start early enough.  Prevention is far better than treatment, and ideally should start decades before menopause.

You must be prepared to Take Control of those issues you can control:  Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein, Vitamins & Minerals, and Exercises for Balance, Strengthening and Posture.  Everyone should do these Natural measures for best results, whether taking Osteoporosis Medications or not.  For younger persons and for some individuals over 50, they are enough all by themselves.

More next time about how YOU can Take Control of your future.

Jay Ginther, MD

Adding VFA to DXA

January 9, 2017 @ 12:14 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I have let the regular posts to the blog lapse for quite some time, while working on other issues.

I have been reviewing my first-time Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) patients.  My latest research project included 1259 patients over 3 1/2 years.  I analyzed the patients by FRAX, height loss, age, and fragility fractures as well.  Nothing duplicated the findings by VFA.

I found that DXA alone missed many patients who have Clinical Osteoporosis if VFA (lateral spine) is taken into account.  I have presented this at ISCD and ASBMR.  Putting it into proper format to submit for publication took much more time than I anticipated.

This project is finished until I start the next sub-analysis.

I hope to get back to adding to the blog regularly.

Jay Ginther, MD

Stronger, More Agile, More Confident

March 11, 2015 @ 9:57 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Ann spends a week in Florida each winter with several friends and was stronger, more agile and more confident this year than last.  She stepped in and out of the hot-tub easily instead of slowly and awkwardly.  She zoomed up and down stairs.  She had to slow down when walking with her friends.  What has happened?

A year ago she followed a fragility fracture with below average and decreasing BMD on DXA, and a newly crumbling vertebral fracture on VFA.  She has Clinical Osteoporosis.  That got her attention.  She was determined to play on the floor with her active preschool grandchildren.  You cannot do that if you are crumbling.  She was ready to do whatever it took to get back in the game.

She added Adora Chocolates (500mg calcium in each) to her usual diet.  She added Protein shakes (chocolate) and increased intake of chicken, fish, and beef to meet the new protein guidelines.  She remembered to take extra Vitamin D3 and her Multiple Vitamins & Minerals almost every day.

She got serious about her “10,000 steps” every day and went up and down stairs frequently instead of saving up things for a single trip.  She did not actually join an exercise class as promised.

She started the anabolic, Forteo, to build her bone density and strength.  A daily little shot is a nuisance, especially keeping it cold while travelling, but she wanted results.

This year repeat DXA showed increased BMD.  VFA confirmed no further crumbling.  She zoomed through airports and left her friends in the dust in Florida.  These results have made her even more determined.

She has Taken Control of her Future Life.  You can too.

Jay Ginther, MD