Osteoporosis & Bone Density

At the Huron practice, bone density testing is managed by members of our team of endocrinologists who specialize in osteoporosis and bone disease. Our program provides prevention plans designed to suit the specific needs of each patient from the pharmacological needs, to lifestyle and nutritional changes necessary to improve and protect one’s bone health.

The bone density test is a quick, painless test for the diagnostic assessment of osteoporosis (the weakening/thinning of the bone through loss of bone mineral density). Osteoporosis can strike anyone. It is particularly common in certain groups, including women after menopause, people who have taken steroid medications for asthma, Crohn's disease and other conditions, and people with thyroid problems, lupus, or an eating disorder.

Osteoporosis testing is important for many patients as demonstrated by the following statistics:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over age 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures.
  • In white women, the lifetime risk of hip fracture is 1 in 6.
  • As many as 80% of individuals at high risk, who have already had at least one osteoporotic fracture, are neither identified nor treated.

At the Huron practice we use the state-of-the-art iDXA bone mineral density testing system. This system provides high resolution images and bone thickness measurements that offers the best way to identify people who have increased risk of fracture before they break a bone.

For patients with osteoporosis and other forms of metabolic bone disease; bone mineral density results are integrated with patient risk factors and other laboratory and radiological studies to arrive at the management plan that best fits each patient's individual needs and life style choices