What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the skeleton to weaken and bones to break.
Facts and Figures for Men regarding their risk of developing Osteoporosis
(from the National Osteoporosis Foundation) http://nof.org/articles/236
Facts and Figures for Women regarding their risk of developing Osteoporosis
(from the National Osteoporosis Foundation) http://nof.org/articles/235
Are you at risk for Cancer Treatment Induced Bone Loss (CTIBL)?
You may be at an increased risk for bone loss because of the hormone therapy or androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) that you are receiving for the treatment of prostate cancer. ADT works by depriving the prostate cancer of testosterone (the male sex hormone). A side effect of this treatment is bone loss, which may put you at high risk for fractures. Men on ADT lose about 2-4% of their bone mass every year, which is twice the amount of bone loss in post-menopausal women.
Other side effects of ADT may include loss of libido, hot flashes, and erectile dysfunction (ED). Enlarged breasts, changes in body composition, and exacerbation of medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and coronary artery disease may also occur. It is especially important to notify your primary care provider when you begin ADT, if you have hypertension, diabetes, or coronary artery disease.
Determining your bone health: A multi-step process
Determining the health of your bones, and therefore helping to make a diagnosis of osteoporosis is a comprehensive process that involves you, your healthcare practitioner, lab tests, bone scans, and in office testing and observations.