FAQ’s on Osteoporosis

Q-1: Osteoporosis is not serious enough for me to worry about. Why should I take any treatment?
In fact, the opposite is true.  The reality is that:
  • It is a progressive disease and irreversibly weakens bones
  • Any movement or bump can cause debilitating fracture
  • Chronic pain and disability are the potential outcomes
  • Hip fractures can even cause death

Therefore maintain precaution & initiate the treatment suggested to you by your doctor.

Q-2: I’m a healthy person.  I do the right things so I am not at risk.
  • Don’t forget that Osteoporosis is a “Silent Thief”-- you can’t feel how strong your bones are.
  • In addition, one out of two women and one out of five men have a lifetime of risk.
Q-3:I’m too young to worry about Osteoporosis now.
  • In fact, it is never too early to prevent Osteoporosis by getting enough calcium and weight bearing exercise to ensure that your bones are as strong as they can be.Osteoporosis can strike at any age
Q-4: It’s too late for me to do anything about Osteoporosis. There is nothing that I can do now.
  • To the contrary, although bone loss IS irreversible but you can slow or stop its further progress.
  • The time to do something is NOW before you have experienced so much bone loss that you are at high risk for fractures. It is never too late. ACT NOW.
Q-5: Is calcium from dairy products better than from other sources?
  • Dairy products have high levels of calcium per serving, which is why they're often recommended for bone health. But calcium from other sources -- like spinach, mustard greens, beans, tofu, almonds, fish, and many fortified cereals and juices can be just as beneficial.
  • However, it may be difficult to get adequate calcium from food if you don’t consume dairy products.
  • Osteoporosis experts are of the opinion, that the best source of calcium is from foods, not from food supplements.
  • Food contains other important nutrients in addition, that help the body use calcium. 
Q-6: How is osteoporosis diagnosed?
  • The most common test for diagnosing osteoporosis is called a DEXA test (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). Ultrasound and various types of x-rays are used to detect osteoporosis.
Q-7: Does a DXA bone density test involve a lot of radiation?
  • No. The radiation dose of a DXA bone density test is about 1/10 that of a chest x-ray and 1/500th of a CT scan. You will get about as much radiation from a DXA test as you would during a transcontinental flight. One big advantage of a DXA test is that it can provide images of the sikeleton using very low radiation. However If a problem is noted, these can be followed up with regular x-rays, which are sharper and provide greater detail.
Q-8: What is osteopenia?
  • Osteopenia is a form of  ‘Pre-Osteoporosis’. It is the precursor of osteoporosis. Penia means "lack" or "deficiency." The term originated from the Greek goddess of poverty, Penia. A diagnosis of osteopenia means your bone density is lower than normal but not yet into the stage of full osteoporosis.  This is a stage which should encourage you to take steps to prevent further bone loss.
Q-9: What is a T-score?
  • On a bone density report, a T-score is a statistical number that compares the bone density of an area of your skeleton to that of a normal, young adult. T-scores can vary from one skeletal area to another.
  • According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization, the worst score of the important skeletal areas should be used to establish the stage and diagnosis of ‘osteoporosis’ or ‘osteopenia’. 
Q-10: What is the maximum tenure for treatment with ELEVOSTEO?
  • ELEVOSTEO can be used for a maximum of two years. It is common practice to follow teriparatide treatment with an anti-resorptive agent, usually a bisphosphonate (ZOLVOID-Zoledronic Acid Infusion), to maintain or further increase BMD.
Q-11: I cannot take milk products due to ‘Lactose Intolerance’. How will this affect me?
  • One of the primary risk factors for developing osteoporosis is not getting enough calcium in your diet. Because dairy products are a major source of calcium, you might assume that people with lactose intolerance who avoid dairy products could be at increased risk for osteoporosis. However, research exploring the role of lactose intolerance in calcium intake and bone health has produced conflicting results. Some studies have found that people with lactose intolerance are at higher risk for osteoporosis, but other studies have not. Regardless, people with lactose intolerance should follow the same basic strategies to build and maintain healthy bones and should pay extra attention to getting enough calcium.


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