Osteoporosis


Getting Help to Fight Osteoporosis

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When Osteoporosis is discussed, it seems like the only population you hear about are post menopausal women. Unfortunately, younger people and men are at risk as well. In this program sponsored by the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition (WOC), two leading experts, Dr. Lynn Kohlmeier and Dr. Douglas Bauer, discuss ways to fight osteoporosis. Dr. Kohlmeier is an endocrinologist and Director of Spokane Osteoporosis Centers. Dr. Bauer is a general internist, clinical epidemiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF Medical Center.

The program begins with David, Dr. Kohlmeier’s patient. David had been healthy and active for most of his life when he began experiencing pain in his bones. After a trip to the doctor, many fractures were discovered throughout his body. David has since partnered with Dr. Kohlmeier and seen improvements in his bone health. Hear about the deficiency that she discovered and how David is doing now.

Dr. Bauer addresses the role that genetics play in osteoporosis and what you can do to prevent or slow the progression of the disease. Both experts stress the need for proper nutrition, especially when it comes to calcium and vitamin D, and the need to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Listen to this program to learn more about risk factors, treatment, and other ways to strengthen your bones and prevent complications from osteoporosis.

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Andrew Schorr:

Typically, when we talk about osteoporosis it seems like we're talking usually about women who are after menopause. Well, unfortunately they're not the only population at risk, and certainly there are some medications and diseases that can affect one's risk of osteoporosis. Coming up you'll hear from two leading osteoporosis experts as they share tips and information about how you can fight osteoporosis.

Hello. I'm Andrew Schorr. Welcome to the second in our series of programs brought to you by the Washington Osteoporosis Coalition and made possible through educational grants from Amgen and Novartis. So in our first program, and I hope you've listened to it or read the transcript, we really gave an overview of osteoporosis, a very significant health concern in the United States. We're talking about 44 million people who may be affected by it. And of course we're talking about fractures, and fractures can lead to debilitating conditions where people maybe can't get out of bed. If you are older and you have fractures it may well, quite frankly, as we talked about in the earlier program, lead to your demise.

Well, in this program we're going to talk about it in greater depth. We're going to talk about also some other groups that maybe you hadn't thought about beyond older women who can be affected by osteoporosis and what could be the causes of that. We even get into genetics a little bit. And then we want to help you understand what you can do. What about exercise? Does it have to be weight bearing? And we'll also talk about some special situations. For instance, like if you're taking an osteoporosis medicine should you be concerned about having dental work? Lots to talk about.

I want to illustrate the situation of whether or not it's just women by introducing you to Dave Peckham, who lives in Spokane, Washington. He's 49 years old, so he is not a postmenopausal woman. But Dave, let's talk about two years ago. What started to happen two years ago? What were you feeling suddenly?

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