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Study: Not Only Bone Density, But Also Quality of Bone Predicts Fracture Risk

admin - October 18, 2013

osteoporosis risk

Not all bones are created equal. Or at least that’s what the findings from a recent study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio revealed.

The study, which looked at abnormal bone property in children who suffered from vertebral fractures, or had been the subject of a solid organ transplant, is the first to document bone compositional changes in children. Using histomorphometry and infrared spectroscopy, the study suggests that the understanding the rate of bone deterioration may be more important indicator of future problems than bone density itself.

Simply stated, bone histomorphometry is a way to measure the shape and form of bone tissue to arrive at a fuller understanding of the bone’s architecture, while spectroscopic technology provides a way to accomplish that goal by studying the interaction between matter and radiated energy.

One of the leading causes for increased risk factors of bone fractures is the disease known as osteoporosis. Characterized by abnormal bone formations, osteoporosis has no symptoms but generally results in what’s known as fragility fractures that typically target the hips, ribs, wrists, and vertebral column of the sufferer. Whereas earlier studies focused on measuring bone density, this latest study suggests that the quality of the bone, rather than bone density, may be the better indicator of bone fragility problems in children.

The new study confirms that to study remodeling balance in younger patients, bone histomorphometry is needed in clinical studies to better understand the effects on children. Study researchers emphasized how bone histomorphometry provides valuable information that can aid in an accurate diagnosis and treatment regime, which is especially important when treating pediatric patients.

“Especially in clinically challenging scenarios where different treatment options are being considered, bone histomorphometry provides valuable information. An accurate diagnosis and choice of medication are especially important when treating pediatric patients.” Said study author Dr. Inari Tamminen in a recent Science Daily article.

Osteoporosis screening is an easy way to determine the health of a patient’s bones and annual screenings are highly recommended for anyone who at risk for bone density loss. Life Line Screening provides painless osteoporosis screenings for those interested. Learn more about it today.



9 Comments so far
  1. Anne Phillis - October 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I do have osteoporosis. I took Fosamax for many years until studies showed it had caused thigh bone fractures in long time users. I am now taking generic Evista but am nervous about its side effects? Do you have any info? I have not done the bone density test at Life Line since I’m under doctors care for it. Thanx.

  2. Betty Hamline - October 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I have a girlfriend who I just found recently has already had two hand replacement, part of her back “replacement” and some other “bone” issues. She has already been fairly thin all her life. I know other seniors with the same issues. All these people are extremely thin. Perhaps there is something to be said for these people to be taking calcium two or three times a day like my doctor has had me do for several years and I am “medium” heading towards “large” size. Perhaps this calcium taking needs to be promoted more. There are lots of people who don’t doctor much and then they pay the price. A friend of mine’s boyfriend ended up on a mattress 24 hours a day seven days a week because if he moved his bones would break. I don’t know how long he lasted in this situation. It was horrific!

  3. karen - October 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    would like to know if my mother would be able to take this test? also she is 87 and very fragile.

  4. Ralph Shafer - October 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It’s all very confusing to me. When I get your test the results suggest I am okay. When my doctor sends me to have a DXA BMD test it shows that I am osteopenic.

  5. Evelyn Calhoun - October 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    What is required on your osteoporosis screenings.
    Do you do the screening and where is the closest place?

  6. Patricia Foss - October 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Interesting, but would be more so if you made suggestions on possible ways to prevent or stall.

  7. IRENE DONATH VALLES - October 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

    what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of

  8. MARGIE BROWNING - October 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Although my diet, which included vitamins and mineral supplements since becoming an adult, has always been very healthy, I suffer from osteoporosis and have lost three inches in my spine. My mother died when I was barely five years old (1940s) and my brother and I were often undernourished throughout our youth. Therefore, I believe that if children do not receive adequate bone-building nourishment from birth throughout the formative years, there is no way it can be compensated for. I have never smoked, indulge in infrequent alcohol, no sodas, minimum sugar, no illicit drugs. I used to exercise daily until back and leg pain prevented it. I drink at least two large glasses of milk daily and pay attention to my diet. More research is required to prove that adequate diet from birth makes all the difference in our bone and brain health. Thank you.

  9. John Coontz - November 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Several years ago I was diagnosed and informed I have osteoporosis. Since then Dr’s have had me taking 70mg of Alendronate once a week. So far there’s been no improvement in bone density and no additions or changes in treatment for my condition. What to do next has not been suggested to me by any of my V.A. Doctors. Any suggestions?

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