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The Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida is pleased to announce the expansion of their practice to include metabolic bone disease (Osteoporosis) with the addition of Angela Boldo, MD. Dr. Boldo joins us from Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she has been in practice for five years after completing her Endocrinology fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Signs and Symptoms
Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms. People may not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse. Collapsed vertebrae may initially be felt or seen in the form of severe back pain, loss of height, or spinal deformities such as kyphosis (severely stooped posture).
Detection and Diagnosis
Following a comprehensive medical assessment, it may be recommended to have your bone mass measured. A bone mineral density (BMD) test is an important measure of your bone health. BMD tests can identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures (broken bones), and measure your response to osteoporosis treatment. The most widely recognized BMD test is a central dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or central DXA test. It is painless-a bit like having an x-ray, but with much less exposure to radiation. It can measure bone density at your hip and spine. BMD tests can:
  • Detect low bone density before a fracture occurs.
  • Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you already have one or more fractures.
  • Predict your chances of fracturing in the future.
Treatment
A comprehensive osteoporosis treatment program includes a focus on proper nutrition, exercise, and safety issues to prevent falls that may result in fractures. In addition, your doctor may prescribe a medication to slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce fracture risk.
 
 
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