Question of the Week: How Are You Treating Your Osteopenia?
Hi everyone, thanks once again for joining us at our weekly discussions! We all appreciate your input and insightful opinions on Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. This week we'd like to discuss Osteopenia and what you are doing to treat it.
Let's start with the definition of Osteopenia:
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteopenia is a term for low bone density that is not yet low enough to be called osteoporosis. It means you're at risk for osteoporosis (2009, Bone Tool Kit NOF)."
There has always been a debate around the treatment of Osteopenia. Some clinicians feel we should go straight to the Osteoporosis medications for treatment and some feel that since Osteopenia is not a disease, lifestyle changes, exercise, supplements and diet can help to increase our T-scores.
Recently the FDA approved the first and only treatment for Osteopenia in biannual Reclast infusions. This is one option for treatment if you go with medication, or you may have a Doctor that uses one of the bisphosphonates, oral or infused, prescribed off-label since their approval is for patients with postmenopausal Osteoporosis. Your Doctor may also prescribe one of the other medications like, Evista, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Calcitonin, Fosteum or Strontium Ranelate/Citrate. Others may choose the natural route, with exercises, supplements and lifestyle changes for treatment; since many believe this approach is much easier on your system, has less side effects and is effective.
If you have Osteopenia, which of these treatments makes the most sense to you; and which approach for treatment are you using and how did you make your decision?
We hope to hear from many of you so we can educate ourselves and others who are trying to decide which treatment options are best for each of us.