- Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Bone Diseases
- Staffed by faculty from The Yale School of Medicine
- International experts in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these disorders including osteoporosis and Paget's Disease of bone
Osteoporosis, a common bone disease, is an area of particular expertise at the Yale Bone Center. Measuring your bone density is recommended to determine your risk for this condition. The Yale Bone Center offers a screening program for this purpose and provides your doctor with a complete report that includes information about your individual risk factors for bone loss.
Therapists specifically trained in the prevention and treatment of metabolic bone disorders educate you in ways to improve strength, maintain mobility and preserve independence.
Center staff includes a dietitian with 20 years of experience in helping patients choose the correct diet for bone health. She is available for individual consultation. A nutrition class is also offered.
Building and keeping healthy bones.
Bone is a living tissue. It is not simply an "erector set" that keeps us upright but must renew itself throughout life. Bone health at any age requires a healthy lifestyle, a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium and regular exercise. These factors are important in childhood and adolescence to achieve the strongest bones possible and for maintaining bone health in adulthood. Although normal levels of sex hormones are important throughout life, the decision about hormone replacement therapy is especially important at the time of the menopause in women. Hormones are not right for everyone and other treatments to protect your bones are now available.
We now know that the lower your bone density the greater the risk of fracture. This risk is determined by comparing your bone mass to healthy young adults of the same sex. The World Health Organization has established diagnostic criteria for osteopenia and osteoporosis based on bone density measurements. Osteopenia means a somewhat reduced bone density. When a person's bone density is lower than the density in 98% of young adults, a diagnosis of osteoporosis is established. If fractures are also present, you have severe osteoporosis.