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Radio Smart Talk: Osteoporosis could become more prevalent

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 7, 2012 8:13 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, December 7:

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Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture.*

Women over the age of 50 are especially vulnerable to osteoporosis.  In fact, with a population that is aging, it's estimated that half of all women 50 and older will be at risk by the year 2020.  However, that doesn't mean that men don't get osteoporosis. 

Right now, some 10 million people are living with osteoporosis and another 34 million are at risk.  Often the disease goes undiagnosed or at least the fractures due to low bone density do.  

On Friday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll examine osteoporosis.

Our guests will be Dr. Christopher Kager, a neurosurgeon with Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates and 74-year-old Marie Moeller, who suffered a fracture of part of her spine.

*National Osteoporosis Foundation

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Comments: 6

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-07 09:31

    E-mail from Amy:

    "Could the doctor talk about the daily injectable medication Forteo? Is it effective? Is it safe?"

  • James623 img 2012-12-07 09:35

    I have two comments/questions. Is bone density the same as bone strength? I've read that increasing density doesn't necessarily reduce your risk of fracture.
    Also, for years, most docs have been telling their patients to just take calcium which had led to many cases of hypercalcinemia. It's been documented over the past five years with studies that the correct approach is to add magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 to the mix.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-07 09:40

    E-mail from Janet:

    "I was diagnosed with OP in the early 2000's. I had exercised, lifted weights took calcium and vitamin D for many years, but was told I have a genetic disposition to OP. My first DEXA scan indicated 30-35% of bone loss. I took Fosamax for 6-7 years and got within tenths of a point of the "normal" range. My primary care doctor decided I should stop for a while and be observed. She left the state and my new PCP does not know my history. 18 months after stopping Fosamax, I had lost over 5% of bone mass in both hips and a small amount in my spine. I am due for another DEXA in 10/14, but my symptoms are returning and wondered if there is anything else I can do other than wait for another DEXA."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-07 09:44

    E-mail from Richard:

    "1. My family physician told me that there is no evidence that weight training by using strengthening machines at an exercise/physical therapy center increases bone mineral density. What is the view of your guest doctor?

    2. I am a 71-year-old male with osteoporosis. Is lifting heavy objects risky?"

  • Mardi img 2012-12-07 09:48

    Please mention the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF.org)and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD.org) as valuable resources for consumers, with the most current information about diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-07 09:57

    E-mail from Richard:

    "What is the correct amount of mg. of calcium supplement to take daily for men in their 70s?"

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