Hormone-Related Issues and Osteoporosis
Dr. Buttan says both men and women should make bone health a priority.
Dr. Anshu Buttan, a Torrance Memorial Physician Network endocrinologist, treats hormone-related issues, including osteoporosis caused by hormone changes or disruptions.
Dr. Buttan says both men and women should make bone health a priority. Women experience hormone fluctuations after menopause that cause bone loss. Men’s hormone levels also change as they age, affecting their bone strength.
In addition, ten percent of osteoporosis cases are caused by metabolic and hormone conditions often missed by non-specialists. Many of these cases of osteoporosis can be treated and reversed, so individuals over 65 who are suffering from osteoporosis should be screened for endocrine disorders.
Bone fractures don’t just affect the patient’s ability to walk or lift, they also increase the incidences of arrhythmias, pneumonia, heart attacks and infections in seniors. Beyond diet, weight-bearing exercise and adequate calcium and Vitamin D intake, prescription medications and treatments can improve bone strength.
“We are fortunate to have a lot of treatment options now for medications that prevent bone loss and allow you to naturally build bone on your own,” Dr. Buttan says. “Even for those who have suffered a fracture or are at high risk.”