Menopause, Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

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Have you wondered why women are the primary victim of Osteoporosis? It is true that out of the 10 million people in the United States with Osteoporosis, 8 million are women! The key is testosterone. Both women and men make testosterone in their youth, but men make more, and for a longer period of time. Women’s hormone Estradiol builds bone too, but testosterone does it better!

My patients are barraged daily with commercials discussing the drugs to treat Osteoporosis that generally occurs with aging, after menopause. But the commercials do not describe what it means to those who have it.

Osteoporosis is a normal slowly progressive change in bone thickness that begins in women before and after menopause at the rate of one percent of your bone per year. It leads to poor posture, pain, disability, broken hips and crushed vertebrae. It has become an interest to doctors recently because we now have drugs to slow or stop this process. However the treatment has been in our pharmacy for a long time!

The treatment is the replacement of what is missing that causes our bones to thin and break—Estradiol and Testosterone! We have had Estradiol and Testosterone available for replacement in several forms. But because they are not new drugs, backed by pharmaceutical companies, we rarely hear about this very effective treatment.

It is a simple fact that replacing what we are missing is the best and least risky treatment to bring your bones back to young normal.

What are the risk factors that place us in the high risk category for Osteoporosis? Our heritage gives us a basic build with thick or thin bones. Generally, northern European ancestry is a risk factor. The darker your skin, usually the thicker your bones are from birth. But there are lifestyle choices that also increase our risk of thin bones: smoking, amphetamine use, steroid use, lack of milk in our diet, lack of sunshine and a sedentary lifestyle. Some illnesses like removal of our ovaries or premature menopause can cause osteoporosis.

Often there are no symptoms for years while osteoporosis is developing, but when osteoporosis becomes symptomatic it causes loss of height, back pain, a hump on your upper back, fractures and crushed vertebrae.

We begin screening at age 50 to find early osteoporosis with a simple bone density test. Your doctor should check your bone density starting at age 50. The test is most reliable when done in the lying down position, and takes densities of your lower back vertebrae, and your hips. These are the first and most important areas of osteoporosis.

Your score will be your bone density compared to young healthy women, based on the variation of the mean bone density of healthy women. If you are in -1 to -2.5 standard deviations from the mean, you have Osteopenia. If you are thinner, the score will be greater than -2.5.

The early changes of bone loss is called Osteopenia. This term means your bones are thin but are not presently at risk of breaking. The numbers associated with a T score indicating Osteopenia are -1 to -2 compared to young adults. I view Osteopenia as a warning that if something does not change, then Osteoporosis is the next step.

Osteoporosis means that your bones are very thin and you are at risk for a fracture with very little trauma. This is the condition we are trying to avoid by treating Osteopenia early on.

In medicine we often think of the easiest way to remedy a problem. Taking calcium is easy and cheap and everyone over 40 should take calcium with vitamin D. The newest treatment is a pill that directs calcium to the bone to make it thicker, such as Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva. But nothing is as good at making bone as Estradiol and Testosterone, the original bone builders! Many studies have proven this, yet there is no big pharmaceutical company behind the use of Estrogen and Testosterone as the best treatment for Osteoporosis—this makes it no less true!

Bisphosphonates are medications specifically for treating osteoporosis, yet they create bone that looks thick on X-ray, but is less strong than your original bone. The other drawbacks are quite ominous, and though it works for many women, most would prefer to have the original cause remedied & the lack of Testosterone and or Estradiol replaced with the same hormone!

After choosing the replacement of hormones to treat your Osteoporosis, you must treat with the best and most effective type of hormones. The most effective is Estradiol and Testosterone pellets that mimic the ovary in making Estradiol and Testosterone. Most patients revert to normal bone density in 1-3 years after starting bio-identical hormones with Estradiol and Testosterone pellets.

This graph demonstrates the effect of Estrogen only, on bone density over 2 years. Estrogen are the dots in red.

As you can see, bone density increases dramatically during 24 months on Estradiol only. It exceeds the Bisphosphonates in effectiveness.

The things you can to do assist in your treatment of Osteoporosis is to supplement your diet with calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C. These help you absorb calcium which are the building blocks of bone. If you don’t have enough calcium and vitamin D, you won’t make bone even with medication!

Hormone Replacement—both estradiol and testosterone—and additions to your supplements and diet, while increasing weight bearing exercise, all work together to improve bone health.