Very useful, especially because I am thin, lost weight in between DEXAs, and have a small frame.
…will question (2nd opinion) endocrinologist about reliabilty of my scores before starting medication. Thanks!
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I use XyliMelts Discs (sold in CVS, etc.) every night. (They gently adhere to your gums and melt during the night.)
You could try xylitol lozenges during the day.
Causes of dry mouth are good to know, but you may find relief in the meantime.
You’re welcome….glad you are using it!
…much better than Googling because you’re getting medical journal articles, the source of your doctors’ information, instead of less reliable sources.
Even if full text is not available on Pub Med, there’s an abstract + full text can be requested through your local public library – which probably has statewide interloan access – or a medical library. There’s also an easy way to pay for full text through Pub Med when it’s not available.
A good source of information is Pub Med….free to set up an account + “alerts,” so you will be aware of the most recent articles (from medical journals) on the particular subjects of interest to you.
Alerts can be set up for specific meds, “fracture prevention,” “osteoporosis,” etc.
View articles in order by date – most recent first – and customize settings for arrival in your e-mail box as often as you want them, e.g., weekly.
Yes, it’s easier to rely on your doctors for information, but if you put the effort into reading the latest peer-reviewed studies – at least, the abstracts or summaries – you are less likely to regret the choices you make going forward.
Vit. D level is important if you don’t have enough of it!
Vit D is part of the calcium absorption process and is otherwise important, so have your level checked.
I’ve just started delving into this…was only recently diagnosed with osteoporosis of the spine, although I’ve had osteopenia- and scoliosis – for a ling time.
So do your own research and bring it with you to the doctor, just in case what she/he says seems to contradict what you’ve read.
Some studies are small and/or flawed, but you can ask about them anyway.
Type the BMJ info in my earlier link into a Pub Med search box….will bring up lots of articles on the subject. If you can’t find it, PM me.
10/16/19 BMJ article on fracture risk and supplemental calcium/Vit. D. Abstract and full text are available (free).
BMJ Open. 2019 Oct 16;9(10):e024595. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024595.
The conclusion: "…supplements that included calcium, vitamin D or both was not found to be better than placebo or no treatment in terms of risk of fractures among community-dwelling older adults. It means the routine use of these supplements in community-dwelling older people should be treated more carefully."
How can we know if we are taking too much cholesterol is serum cholesterol is not reliable. From another medical journal article:
"…not only is it impossible to predict calcium balance based on serum calcium, but doing so may lead to inadequate and, sometimes, deleterious decisions for the patient."
(I can send links to anyone who wants them).
Let's question our endocrinologists – and doctors, in general – using recent, well designed studies as the basis of our questions.
Some of them are relying on outdated and/or flawed guidelines.
“It prevents the osteoclasts from munching away while you take it, and adds strength to the bone you have. This short circuit in remodeling can leave bones brittle.“
“…adds strength….leaves bone brittle.” Does that mean “strength,” but “brittle” long term? Or am I missing something? Thanks!