WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 and over will experience an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, impact, or sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.
Can osteoporosis and fractures be prevented? Yes, if diagnosed in time!
Osteoporotic fractures have a devastating effect on millions of people around the world. However, despite effective medical advances in reducing fractures, a small group of men and women are receiving appropriate treatment.
Only 20% of patients with osteoporotic fractures are actually diagnosed or treated for osteoporosis.
In addition to a doctor’s examination and “imaging” methods to obtain a picture of bone tissue, laboratory tests are also of great importance.
Several laboratory tests are available at Avicenna Laboratory that provide a complete insight into the metabolism of Vitamin D, which plays a key role in the condition of bone tissue.
-Determination of Vitamin D Concentration
-Intact PTH (Parathormon)
-Electrolytes (of which the most important for bone tissue is Calcium)
Enzymes (Alkaline phosphatase as a marker for bone metabolism)
-Calcitonin (hormone involved in calcium metabolism)
-Hormonal status for assessment of menopause / andropause, as a risk factor for osteoporosis
NEW! Package Vitamin D + PTH + Ionized calcium
In addition to the World Osteoporosis Day, a new package for Vitamin D metabolism is available at Avicena Laboratory.
Read more at the following link.