Monday, February 16, 2009

Osteoporosis Management Reviewed

Recommendations Regarding Screening, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - Laurie Barclay, MD - Medscape Medical News

Recommendations regarding screening, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis in the family practice setting are reviewed in the February 1 issue of American Family Physician. Osteoporosis is associated with an increased risk for fractures resulting from low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue.

"Approximately 8 million women and 2 million men in the United States have osteoporosis, and 34 million persons have osteopenia," write Mary Gayle Sweet, MD, from the Carilion Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Roanoke, Virginia, and colleagues. "Despite broadly accepted screening, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines, there is a large gap between knowledge and effective clinical practice. One study showed that only 49 percent of women were evaluated or treated in accordance with accepted guidelines."

Approximately 1 in 2 white women will have an osteoporotic fracture in her lifetime, and older men are also not immune to osteoporosis. Although men are less likely to be screened and treated for osteoporosis, they have a higher mortality rate from hip fractures vs women.

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