• Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a bone disease that most commonly occurs in the hips and spine. It leads to loss of bone strength and increases your risk of fractures. Many people don’t even realize that they have osteoporosis until they suffer a fracture

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    Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP, Family Physician discusses Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options
    Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP, Family Physician discusses Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options
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    Diana Steele, BSc, RD, discusses Osteoporosis and Your Diet.
    Diana Steele, BSc, RD, discusses Osteoporosis and Your Diet.
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    Sarah Ware, BSc (Hons), RD, CDE, discusses Good Nutrition for Osteoporosis.
    Sarah Ware, BSc (Hons), RD, CDE, discusses Good Nutrition for Osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options

    When we talk about osteoporosis, we are really looking at your risk for fracture.According to Osteoporosis Canada, if you are a low risk person it means your fracture risk in the next 10 years is under 10%. A moderate risk person has a fracture risk between 10 and 20%, and a high risk person has a fracture risk over 20%.

                           

    The risk of fracture is the serious event in osteoporosis, because fractures cause tremendous disability for patients. For example, if a women has a hip fracture, she has a one in five, or approximately 23% chance, of dying within the next couple of years.

    Fractures lead to morbidity, which really reflects disability but they also lead to mortality. We know that when women and men have fractures they’re more likely to end up not being able to live independently. They’re more likely to end up in a nursing home. In treatment  your pharmacist,  is the right HCP to make sure it’s the right medication for you.

    And one of the dangers of fractures is that fractures are a predictor for another fracture. If you have a fracture of your back, for example, you’re more likely to have another fracture of your back, by about 40%. So it’s so important to prevent that very first fracture to keep you strong, to keep you upright, to keep you healthy. A local chiropractor may work with your local massage therapist and your local physiotherapist to create the best health or rehabilitation plan for your situation.

    In order to do a risk assessment for osteoporosis to assess your risk for fracture, it’s a good idea to see your family doctor to look at information on osteoporosis, which comes from Osteoporosis Canada, and evaluate your personal risk.

    So, that you can decide with your primary care practitioner if you need medication to reduce your risk for fracture, so that you can live a long and active life and not be disabled. Presenter: Dr. Vivien Brown, Family Doctor, Toronto, ON

     

  • Good Nutrition for Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a vitality important topic that you and your physician may speak about.
    In fact, osteoporosis is sometimes more common than heart disease, cancer, and stroke risks combined. The risk of having an osteoporotic factor over one’s lifetime is one in three in women, and in fact, one in five in men. Typically, doctors start thinking about osteoporosis over age 50, but you may have some predisposing conditions that may lead to osteoporosis under 50.

    Now is a very important time to speak to your physician about osteoporosis management and treatment. There has been changes that have occurred that will really help your physician.

    Osteoporosis can and have come up with an absolute fracture-risk calculator, as well as the World Health Organization called the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. These tools in combination with a complete history, physical exam, height and falls assessment caOften seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.    n help your physician see what your risk is of having osteoporotic factor in the future. 

    It’s important if you have any questions or any concerns, that you make an appointment to speak to your physician or your local expert. Treatments vary according to patients as well as physician, so once again, make an appointment and speak to your physician. Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ngui, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

     

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