Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, FL & Kissimmee, FL
With osteoporosis, your bones become abnormally porous, which makes them weak and brittle. You have a drastic increase in your risk of fractures with osteoporosis, and the team at Premier Endocrinology in Florida offer effective solutions to preserve your bone health. Between Theresa Fynn, MD, in St. Cloud and Kwame Ntim, MD, in Kissimmee, you have convenient office locations and specialized practitioners nearby. Call the location that’s most convenient for you to book an appointment or use the online scheduler.
Osteoporosis Q & A
What causes osteoporosis?
Your bones are made up of living tissue that is regularly broken down and replenished throughout the day. When you have osteoporosis, though, your body can’t replace bone tissue fast enough to restore broken down tissue. The result is porous, weakened, brittle bones. Osteoporosis can stem from:
- Inadequate calcium or vitamin D intakes
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Low level of sex hormones
- Thyroid diseases or dysfunction
In some cases, osteoporosis starts with calcium metabolism abnormalities where your body doesn’t properly absorb or maintain calcium levels needed for building bone tissue.
Not only can calcium metabolism issues happen because of issues inside your intestinal tract, they can also occur because of thyroid disease or other hormonal disorders. For instance, while osteoporosis affects both men and women, generally women have a higher risk due to the drop in estrogen that occurs around menopause.
Are there symptoms of osteoporosis?
Yes, although you won’t generally notice issues with osteoporosis until it’s in its later, more advanced stages. Once your bones become severely brittle and weakened, you could experience:
- Loss of height
- Stooped posture
- Chronic back pain
It’s also common for simple tasks or everyday bodily functions, like sneezing or coughing hard, to cause frequent bone fractures.
How is osteoporosis treated?
Treating osteoporosis often starts with getting a bone density test that evaluates how much bone tissue you’ve lost. Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim are also likely to order a blood draw to see if you have any underlying endocrinologic issues. They tailor your treatment plan to your needs and it can include:
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Osteoporosis medications that minimize further bone tissue loss
- Regimented calcium and vitamin D supplementation
- Osteoporosis medications to stimulate new bone growth
Since exercising and performing weight-bearing exercises are also important for keeping your bones strong and healthy, the team at Premier Endocrinology often encourage you to exercise and help you find ways to boost your physical activity. They work to not only prevent further bone loss but also to help you build stronger bones.
Schedule your osteoporosis evaluation at Premier Endocrinology over the phone with either location or use the online booking agent.