What is a proper Diagnosis of Osteoporosis

Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses the diagnosis of osteoporosis.

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Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
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Featuring Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC

Duration: 59 seconds

Well the diagnosis of osteoporosis is hard to make.

You prefer not to make it once someone's already had a fracture. It would be nice to know whether one has osteoporosis before the fracture.

So, people are recommending – or the osteoporosis physicians and associations - are recommending a bone density scan around the age of 65.

If you know you have osteoporosis based on risk factors or based on bone density testing, it's possible to reduce your risk of fracturing through lifestyle measures, diet, and sometimes medications.

If you have a lot of risk factors for osteoporosis, it would be a good idea to get a bone density scan earlier, and if you wonder if you have osteoporosis it's a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need a bone density scan.

Presenter: Dr. Kam Shojania, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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In a patient that has osteoporosis, the risks of bone fracture are much higher than any risks associated with taking osteoporosis related medications.

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A patient who is high risk for bone fractures have a greater than 20% risk of getting a fracture.

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Patients with Osteoporosis need to focus more on muscle strength and posture rather than preventing bone fractures.

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Bone fractures can cause morbidity as well as mortality.  For example, a woman who gets a hip fracture has a 23% chance of dying in the following 2 years.

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A person who gets a bone fracture have a 40% chance of having another bone fracture at some point in the future. This is one reason it is so important to focus on the prevention of bone fractures.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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