Trabecular Bone Score (TBS): Assessing Bone Quality and Fracture Risk in Patients with Osteoporosis

In 2012 the FDA approved a new diagnostic tool for assessing fracture risk in people with osteoporosis. Since that time, Trabecular Bone Score (TBS) has rapidly made its way into the clinical setting. For years we have relied on dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) exams to assess bone health, or lack-there-of. But DXA analysis looks solely [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:33:10-04:00February 17th, 2019|0 Comments

The importance of Bone Mineral Density Exams (DXA scans)

The Importance of Bone Mineral Density Exams (DXA scans) A dual-energy absorptiometry (DXA) scan can provide a snapshot of your bonehealth. This test determines bone mineral density (BMD) and helps in establishingfracture risk, and, with serial testing, is a way to measure response to osteoporosistreatment. The most widely recognized test for determining BMD is the [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:41:49-04:00March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

DX Severe Osteoporosis: Part XII – Could TOO Much Exercise Cause Osteoporosis?

This is Part XII in a multi-part essay chronicling my personal experience with osteoporosis. In this series I have been taking readers through the diagnostic and treatment phases of my care that began over 18 years ago when I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. Over the years, the combination of experiencing multiple fragility fractures along [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:52:57-04:00January 25th, 2018|0 Comments

DX Severe Osteoporosis: Part VIII – Implicate Medicine

This is Part VIII of a multi-part essay about my own personal experience with osteoporosis. I will be taking you through the diagnostic and treatment phases of my care in hopes that it provides you a better understanding of osteoporosis in general, and pearls that you can use to better your own bone health. (Start [...]

By |2019-07-02T10:27:00-04:00November 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Bone Density Loss is Associated with Blood Cell Counts

For over 10 years now, I have been using laboratory biomarkers as therapeutic targets to lower fracture risk for people with osteoporosis. As I explain in my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, a snapshot of your health record, including results from your bone density (DXA) examinations and special laboratory tests are useful in diagnosing [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:23:40-04:00February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Early Detection and Intervention are Crucial to Stop the Progression of Bone Loss – How Biomarkers Can be Used to Improve Treatment of Osteoporosis

As you know from my book The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis,(1) I am a strong advocate for working closely with your health care provider and using specific laboratory tests to gather critical information about your bone health. Both men and women begin to lose a small amount of bone mineral density in their mid-thirties. A [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:41:16-04:00June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Osteoporosis: Bone Mineral Density (DXA) Exam vs Risk Factors

Clinical risk factors* for osteopenia and osteoporosis include:   - Loss of height   - Low body weight   - Advanced age   - Late age at menarche   - Menopausal   - Time since menopause   - Smoking   - Calcium intake   - Alcohol intake   - Medications   - Inflammatory conditions   - Prior fragility fractureBut: Risk factor assessment is NOT a substitute for [...]

By |2019-02-18T16:08:18-04:00July 11th, 2014|0 Comments