Metabolic bone diseases are disorders of bone strength commonly caused by abnormalities of minerals (including calcium or phosphorus), vitamin D and bone mass and micro architecture. Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disorder.
Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.
This estimates that half of all adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease. If left untreated, it can lead to further bone loss and fractures can occur without warning in people at risk.
Some of the factors that increase the risk for osteoporosis include patients with older age, small body frame, personal or family history of fractures, medications like steroids, intestinal diseases, smoking and excessive alcohol use.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends screening for all women over age 65 and for men over age 70, regardless of clinical risk factors.
According to The National Osteoporosis Foundation's 2Million2Many Campaign:
- Two million bone breaks occur in the U.S. each year that are caused by osteoporosis, yet nearly 80% of older Americans who suffer bone breaks are not tested for osteoporosis.
- 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- Every year, of nearly 300,000 hip fracture patients, 1 in 4 ends up in a nursing home and 1 in 2 never regain previous function.
- 50% of osteoporosis related repeat fractures can be prevented with appropriate treatments.
- If you have a fracture after age 50, it is recommended to ask your doctor for a bone density test to determine your bone health and need for medication to reduce the risk for future fractures. The results of the bone density test could be the difference between a healthy and active future and a painful and debilitating one.
The Metabolic Bone Disease & Osteoporosis clinic will provide endocrine consultation services to prevent, diagnose and treat many kinds of bone diseases, including:
- Steroid induced osteoporosis
- Post fracture bone health evaluation and care
- Detailed review of bone density studies by certified densitometrist
- Vitamin D deficiency/Osteomalacia
- Parathyroid Disorders
- Paget’s disease and
- Other skeletal disorders
To make an appointment with a physician at the Metabolic Bone Disease & Osteoporosis Clinic, call 410-554-6872.