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spineuniverse.com May 13, 2009
Not Just a Woman's Disease
Men and Osteoporosis:
Being Male Isn't an Osteoporosis Defense

Men and OsteoporosisMost people consider osteoporosis a woman's disease. That's not completely off base because the majority of osteoporosis cases affect women. However, out of the 10 million Americans who have the disease, 2 million of them are men. That's 20 percent.

Millions of men have osteopenia, which is a decrease in bone mass but not to the extent that it's osteoporosis. This does, however, mean they're at risk of developing osteoporosis as they age.

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Forteo Injections for Osteoporosis
Will they prevent fractures?
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Question:
My doctor told me that I am at a high risk for fractures—I am post-menopausal, have a low bone mineral density, and have a family history of osteoporosis. She mentioned Forteo injections as a possible treatment for me. Will you tell me more about this medication? Why am I a good candidate?
—Augusta, GA

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Answer:
From your history, it sounds like you have several factors that increase your risk of suffering a fracture related to low bone density or osteoporosis. Some of the causes of osteoporosis are things you don’t really have control over, such as the fact that a family member had osteoporosis or that you’re post-menopausal. The key consideration for you and your doctor is ...

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This Week's Expert
Daniel J. Toft, MD, PhD
Endocrinology Fellow
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
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Advancements in Osteoporosis Diagnosis
FRAX: A New Tool to Detect Osteoporosis
Will It Improve Treatment?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced a new risk assessment program called FRAX (fracture risk assessment tool). This revolutionary method may offer medical professionals unparalleled accuracy in osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment.

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Patients Needed with Low Back Pain

Spinal surgeons around the country are now enrolling candidates in this clinical trial. This clinical trial will study the safety and effectiveness of the DIAM™ device for treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at a single level between L2-L5.

The DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System is designed to treat patients with moderate lumbar (low back) degenerative disc disease. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 70 years with moderate low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease at one level may meet selection criteria. Patients selected to participate in this trial will either undergo minimally invasive posterior (from the back) spine surgery to implant the DIAM™ device or receive a regimen of non-operative treatments.

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Nutritional Supplements to Help Prevent Osteoporosis

A lack of certain minerals and vitamins plays a role in the onset of osteoporosis. Learn some healthy lifestyle tips that can help keep your bones healthy and strong.

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Nutritional Supplements to Help Prevent Osteoporosis
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