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Old 03-05-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I just had a bone density test using the very simple ultrasound device on my right foot. My T-score is -1.4. Stiffness index is 77 +/- 2. The comments said "bone quality is below normal". I'm 34 yo male. Do I need to see a doctor for this or can I just take supplements like calcium or vitamin D? Any help or information will be much appreciated!


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Old 03-05-2011, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Osteopenia?

Oh I just remembered the name of the device: Achilles Insight. Great name for a product!


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Re: Osteopenia?

I'd ask your primary doc about possibly getting a bone density. Takes 15 minutes and you just lie on a table. It will tell you if you have the same problem in your hip or lumbar spine. Feet are not that reliable for bone density.

If you do, then you need to figure out which type of bone problem, osteopenia or osteoporosis and what to take. Calcium won't work if your Vit.D levels are low.

I have osteopenia and have reversed it in only 3 years with Vit D and an annual infusion of a drug called Reclast.

But get a test and find out for sure.


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Re: Osteopenia?

Hi and welcome to the board, Jenny gave you good advice. You're pretty young to have osteopenia, but still young enough to make lifestyle changes that will help improve the density. When you see your dr.( yes, you should find out whats going on) to get the DEXA also have him check to make sure there aren't secondary causes, that could be affecting your bone density. Labs can check your D levels, thyroid, parathyroid and whatever else he may want to check. Take the print out from the heel test with you so he can see what has already been said.

When the DEXA and labs come back sit down and discuss al the results with the dr. and see what his recommendations are. Unless the DEXA comes back with surprises you may be able to improve your denstiy with supplements, exercise and a good diet. If one of the osteo drugs are suggested its up to you to educate yourself and decide whats best for you. I'm also going to suggest you read the book[I] The Myth of Osteoporosis[ I] by Gillian Sanson. It is loaded with good info and gives a different POV than other books give on osteo. take care...phyllis
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