An estimated 10 million adults have osteoporosis, and another 43 million have low bone mass. As you age, natural age-related bone loss increases your risk for osteoporosis, but hormone deficiencies can also have a significant role. Dr. Orlando Fernandez at the Endocrinology Institute of South Florida has extensive experience identifying hormone imbalances and treating or preventing osteoporosis. If you have questions about your risk of osteoporosis, call one of their practices in Bonita Springs or Fort Myers, Florida, or use online booking to schedule an appointment.
Osteoporosis develops as your bones lose mass, causing them to become weak and brittle. Throughout your adult life, your bones stay strong by continuously eliminating old or damaged bone and replacing it with new bone.
Osteoporosis occurs when you don’t produce enough new bone to keep up with lost bone or because bone loss happens too quickly.
The most common causes of osteoporosis are:
Several hormone deficiencies can cause osteoporosis, including:
Estrogen has a crucial role in regulating bone mass and strength. It controls cells responsible for bone building. It also inhibits bone loss.
Low levels of estrogen from any cause increase your risk of osteoporosis. However, women are especially vulnerable during menopause, which is when bone loss accelerates.
Low testosterone is one of the top causes of osteoporosis in men. This condition may be caused by hypogonadism or by the natural, gradual loss of testosterone as men age.
Thyroid hormones affect the rate of bone replacement. If you produce too much thyroid hormone -- a condition called hyperthyroidism -- you’ll lose bone more rapidly than it’s replaced.
Vitamin D isn’t active until your body turns it into a hormone that plays many vital roles in your body, including maintaining strong bones. A deficiency in vitamin D leads to soft, weak bones because you must have vitamin D to absorb calcium. It also regulates the balance of minerals used to make bones.
Osteoporosis treatments may include medications for directly treating bone loss, as well as hormone therapy to restore imbalances contributing to weak bones. Dr. Fernandez determines your hormone levels using specialized tests such as a functional blood chemistry analysis.
After diagnosing hormone problems, Dr. Fernandez develops a customized treatment plan to restore hormonal balance. Bone strength returns as your hormone levels return to normal.
Medication for osteoporosis comes from a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, which strengthen bones by slowing down or preventing bone loss.
If you’re concerned about osteoporosis, call the Endocrinology Institute of South Florida, or book an appointment online.