Have you any Osteopenia Symptom?.
Osteopenia symptom. Now conventional wisdom says that there is no such thing as an Osteopenia symptom. And if by that they mean pains or fever or other such things they are correct. But if you review the literature you may conclude that there are a number of early warning signs of bone loss.
- A fracture that occurs without severe trauma is often an early warning sign of low bone mineral density. Many people do not realize this. Research shows that some Orthopedists do not routinely recommend dexa scans or other bone density
screening even after someone has suffered a fracture.
But you should be aware that a fracture of wrist, toe, ankle or finger is a common Osteopenia symptom. This is especially true when the fracture results from less than severe trauma.
Many people who do not consider themselves at risk for bone loss will break an wrist after a fall on slippery surface
or break an ankle falling down a few stairs. Such fractures should be like warning lights. They may be your body's
most flagrant Osteopenia symptom.
Anyone over age 30 who experiences a fracture, should speak with their health care provider about getting a dexa scan or other bone density screening. Your fracture could be an early warning signal and if that is the case you would be able
to make changes in your life style that would enable you to build greater bone density.
- Another common Osteopenia symptom can show up in your dentist's office. If you take care of your teeth
and brush them regularly and you are still getting cavities each year, this could be an early warning sign of
bone loss. Remember your teeth, like your bones, are made of calcium. And if for some reason your body is removing more
calcium than it is replacing, it could be coming from your teeth just as well as your bones.
A study from Japan that was published in Calcif Tissue Int in 2005 showed that among post menopausal women
the presence of periodontitis (peridontal disease) correlated with loss of bone mineral density. So, peridontitis
could be another Osteopenia symptom.
Again, if you have been diagnosed with peridonatal disease or if you have frequent cavities, do talk with your
health care provider about getting a bone density screening.
- Of course you can also look at the list of Causes of Ostepenia as though it provides an informal Osteopenia
symptom list. Anyone who has two or more of these Causes of Osteopenia, should consider taking action to improve
their bone mineral density.... since they are at risk for developing the condition.
These articles provide more information on this topic:
Causes of Osteopenia, your informal list as Osteopenia symptom
Exercises that can improve your bone
density and prevent Osteopenia
This page was revised on 8.22.2006.