Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis medication’
Aunt Henrietta looked like half a raccoon with her entire left eye blackened. She dismissed her looks as not a problem saying, “I fall all the time, but I don’t break anything.” This is a change on both counts. Five years ago, falls were infrequent. Even so, she broke one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder.
Two wrists, one shoulder, and half a dozen vertebral fragility fractures indicated Very Severe Osteoporosis. That was before she took the Anabolic, Forteo, for 2 years. She was the ideal patient for serious measures to stop her fractures. And it has worked!!
The American Society for Bone & Mineral Research 35th Annual Meeting has just concluded. Of the roughly 2000 attendees, nearly half were form other countries. Most are PhD researchers dealing in basic science issues and then moving toward answers to human maladies. Two totally new types of osteoporosis medications are in phase 3 human trials. They look promising.
Those of us who treat human patients use meetings to trade information. My poster about using Vertebral Fracture Assessment to improve the accuracy of DXA was well received. Many academic osteoporosis centers routinely use VFA, but have not yet analyzed and reported their results. I learned a lot from other attendees, much of which will help me help my patients.
A Hip Fracture over age 70 is Very Bad. About 20% of women and over 30% of men die from their hip fracture. Some consider these to be the lucky ones. Nearly half of those who survive a hip fracture spend the rest of their lives in a nursing home.
Many hip fractures should be preventable. There were warnings! Half of the people who break a hip had another Fragility Fracture a few months or years before. Most warnings go unheeded. Hip Fractures that could have been prevented destroy quality of life for too many individuals.
Aunt Henrietta is celebrating her 89th birthday, and 4 1/2 years without a fracture! This is a major victory for her. She is one of our many stars!
Despite starting on enough calcium and enough vitamin D over 6 years ago, Henrietta broke one wrist, then the other wrist, and finally a shoulder. Finally she added osteoporosis medications. Despite falling all the way down the attic stairs, she has not broken anything since.