Among bone diseases that endocrinologists treat, osteoporosis is the most common. That's because bones are constantly gaining and losing cells, and often this exchange becomes unbalanced. A patient can start to lose bone mass faster than he or she is building it. In osteoporosis, bones become porous, weak and subject to fracture.

Often, osteoporosis is secondary to hyperparathyroidism or kidney failure, among other metabolic and hormonal conditions that can lead to this problem. An additional cause is long-term use of steroids. The hip, wrist and spine are in particular danger when affected by osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Symptoms

Dr. Oppenheimer can assess risk factors and confirm the diagnosis of osteoporosis as well as its severity.

Risk factors include:

  • Advanced age (Women lose estrogen and progesterone, men lose testosterone)
  • Early menopause
  • History of missed menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Low body-mass index (BMI)
  • History of eating disorders
  • Smoking or excessive use of alcohol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Kidney failure

Osteoporosis Treatment

Dr.Oppenheimer will review osteoporosis treatment options and develop a care plan. The best response to this bone-thinning condition is usually a regimen of drugs and supplement therapy, as well as diet and exercise designed to stimulate bone to reinforce itself. This multifaceted approach to treatment can build bone density and replace lost calcium in bones.

For more specific osteoporosis treatment information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Oppenheimer to determine your needs.