and treating bone loss frequently requires a more complex response
than conventional attempts at counteracting the aging process. To
provide specialized care in the prevention and treatment of bone
loss, U.Va. recently opened the new Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone
can still be a threat even for the patient who drinks three glasses
of milk a day and gets plenty of exercise. It often has underlying
causes beyond the bone density loss menadnwomen experience as they
age,” says Theresa A. Guise, M.D., director of the clinic.
and two other U.Va. endocrinologists who specialize in bone health
— Ailleen Heras-Herzig, M.D., and Alan Dalkin, M.D. —
have teamed up at the clinic to help doctors address this widespread
and growing health threat, by providing individualized evaluation
and treatment plans.
bone loss can occur in anyone, it commonly occurs in women at the
time of menopause. This accelerated bone loss can cause osteoporosis
(severe bone loss) and broken bones. Osteoporosis has no warning
signs — it is a silent disease until you break a bone.
is more common in patients who have a family history of the disorder,
are small-framed, are Caucasian or have been on long-term medication
that can cause bone loss, such as glucocorticoids or thyroid hormone.
In men, bone loss can occur with low testosterone levels. Those
at risk for bone loss should be screened with a DEXA scan to measure
bone mineral density.
can refer themselves to the clinic, but may have to pay more out
of pocket if they don't have a physician referral. Check your insurance
policy to learn more about coverage for these services. For an appointment,