Osteoporosis

Southwest WomanCare OBGYN

OBGYNs located in Houston, TX

Osteoporosis is a condition that results in brittle bones and bone loss, both of which can cause serious physical issues. Osteoporosis is often the result of hormone changes during menopause, a lack of calcium, or a lack of vitamin D. Dr. Cindy Bui at Southwest WomanCare OBGYN in Houston, Texas treats women suffering from osteoporosis, and helps them feel healthy and whole again.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes reduced bone density and increased bone fragility. This condition is a slow and progressive one, and it's often called a silent epidemic. Osteoporosis is commonly seen in the aging population and is especially common in women. It's currently one of the most common debilitating chronic diseases in the world today.

Who is at risk for osteoporosis?

Everyone is at a higher risk for osteoporosis as they age. Around the age of 40, bone loss isn't replaced as quickly as it once was and this means a gradual and steady loss of bone for many people. Hormonal changes also place us at higher risk for osteoporosis. Due to the hormonal changes that occur during menopause, women are especially susceptible to osteoporosis.

Other risk factors for osteoporosis can include:

  • Previous bone breaks
  • Frequent falls
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Bed rest for a protracted period
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being underweight
  • A diet lacking in calcium or vitamin D
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Chronic diseases such as Crohn's disease or Celiac disease
  • Arthritis

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Dr. Bui will first perform a complete medical history to gather information about risk factors and recent illnesses, including bone breaks. After that, a bone mineral density test such as a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is usually performed to determine how much bone loss has occurred.

How is osteoporosis treated?

There are several different options for osteoporosis treatment. These treatments can help patients maintain their current bone density and can also lower the risk of fractures. Options include:

Raloxifene
This treatment helps maintain bone mass. It functions similarly to natural estrogen, but without some of the potential bad effects of estrogen like increased uterine cancer risk. This drug may have some side effects like hot flashes.

Bisphosphonate drugs
Drugs in this family include: Alendronic acid, ibandronic acid, and risedronic acid. They prevent the body from breaking bone down. These medications must be taken exactly as directed, as they can have some side effects like ulcers in the esophagus.

Hormone replacement
Hormone replacement isn't only prescribed for osteoporosis, but it can be beneficial for the bones. For example, replacing lost estrogen during menopause can help women maintain their bone density more effectively.

Nutritional supplements
Nutritional supplements, including calcium and vitamin D, can help patients maintain their bone density. Nutritional supplements may be combined with prescription drugs.

 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Southwest WomanCare OBGYN accepts most major private insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just a few of the plans that Dr. Bui accepts. At the present time, Southwest WomanCare OBGYN does not accept Medicaid or Chip Perinatal. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Ambetter
Ambetter Superior Healthplan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
BCBS Medicare
Blue Cross Blue Shield – Blue Premier & Blue Premier Access (HMH*)
Cigna PPO
Community Health Choice
HealthSmart PPO
Humana
Humana Military
Medicare
Meritain Health
Multiplan PPO
Prime Health Services
Tricare