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.

Source: https://www.worldosteoporosisday.org/about-osteoporosis

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.

Diagnostic tests:
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.