Osteoporosis means porous bone, and it affects millions of women and men. Dr. Charles Chestnut, director of the osteoporosis research program at the University of Washington Medical Center, joins host Andrew Schorr for a discussion on osteoporosis. Also joining the show is Opal Krisenowski, a former nurse and a patient of Dr. Chestnut’s, who shares her story of osteoporosis symptoms and treatment.
On this program Dr. Chestnut explains what osteoporosis is, how it can affect your life and what treatment options are available, including prevention of the disease. He answers listener questions about how to build bone density, the role heredity can play, how to get tested for osteoporosis and where to get treatment. He also addresses how medications for other conditions can sometimes have the negative side effect of lowering bone density, and what can be done.
Opal began having fractures about 20 years ago, and she has to date had about 20 fractures. Opal and Dr. Chestnut describe her treatment, Forteo, which has helped her a great deal. Dr. Chestnut talks about the risk of fractures for people like Opal who have low bone density. He also describes the many treatment options now available, including estrogen, Fosomax, Boniva and others. He addresses the possible pros and cons of each medication.
Osteoporosis is a common and expensive disease that is now very treatable. Listen to this program to learn more about both treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. If you have osteoporosis, or if you might be at risk, listen now to learn more.
Charles H. Chesnut III, M.D.
Director, Osteoporosis Research Group, UW MedicineDr. Charles H. Chesnut is Director of the Osteoporosis Research Group at the University of Washington Medical Center. He is also a Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Chesnut is board certified in nuclear medicine. more >