Osteopenia is a condition of early bone density loss, which affects nearly 18 million Americans today. If left untreated, osteopenia can gradually lead to osteoporosis. Therefore, it is important for an individual to know their level of bone density, and seek appropriate treatment in case the bone density tests show deficiency.
Advanced compounding pharmacy solutions are available today to treat low bone density using natural, safe and effective formulas that are designed to delay or prevent osteopenia or osteoporosis. American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP) provides these treatments to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay, Orange County, Southern California areas, and also all over the country as well.
One of the challenges with bone density treatment is that the symptoms of bone density loss do not occur very early. However, some warning signs to note may include:
- Receding gums
- Weakened and brittle fingernails
- Muscle cramps or pain
- Fitness level seems lower
- Lower height measurements
Bone density loss is diagnosed with a special scan test, which is different from a standard bone scan. The bone density test will measure the amount of minerals present in the bones. Based on the results of this test, the physician and the integrative pharmacy expert can prepare a customized treatment plan for a patient.
Many doctors typically choose to treat patients with bisphosphonates such as Fosamax, Acetenol, Reclast and Reclast. Although research has shown that these medications can manage to reduce bone loss for a few years, but the lack of new bone formation using bisphosphonates can lead to excessive calcification of the old bone, making it brittle.
Similarly, studies to evaluate the benefits of Fosamax drug have also shown that one out of 25 patients taking this drug developed osteonecrosis of the jaw. The use of bisphosphonates has also been associated with heart arrhythmias, muscle or joint pain, and esophageal cancer.
Looking at the challenges to treat bone density loss in conventional medicine, many patients as well as physicians are turning to compounding pharmacy treatments. These treatment approaches involve evaluating the bone condition for mineral deficiencies, and providing solutions to replenish them. Optimizing hormone therapies, vitamin D supplementation, and a focus on low weight exercises can provide promising results.
Customized hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can prove to be helpful in stemming bone loss and support the build-up of bone density, resulting in a reduced risk of fractures. Estrogen therapies are known to prevent bone loss, and many compounding pharmacists report improved bone density following progesterone therapy. Testosterone therapy can also be utilized to enhance bone health.
Normal bone modeling requires thyroid hormone. Therefore, if there is a deficiency of thyroid hormone, the old bone that is weaker and is abnormally thick will tend to accumulate. Calcium supplements and minerals and vitamins such as manganese, folic acid, zinc, boron, copper, strontium and vitamins A, C, D, K, and B6 can additionally support bone formation and maintenance.
AIP offers both traditional and modern compounding pharmacy treatments, including online prescription refills, to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay, Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Lomita, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.