Treatment of osteoporosis and calcium metabolism disorders

Diagnosis, treatment and prevention / Main therapies

What does the diagnosis and treatment program for osteoporosis and calcium metabolism disorders involve

Osteoporosis is a high-profile topic. Almost 400 000 women and 200 000 men suffer from reduced bone density - osteoporosis - in the Czech Republic. This disease is related to calcium metabolism and general bone tissue disorders. The diagnosis and treatment of metabolic bone diseases (not only osteoporosis) should be provided by a specialized physician.

Who should take part in the program

People, especially middle-aged and elderly women, lose bone mass or density as they age. Smoking is one of the generally known risk factors. The first stage of osteoporosis is osteopenia - a condition in which bone mineral density is lower than normal.

Osteoporosis may first manifest itself by a bone fracture (especially vertebral body fractures or dangerous hip fractures). Preventive measures are able to prevent these complications to a large extent. One of them is vitamin D application. But be careful! It is a drug that should be prescribed by the doctor. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium uptake in the bowel, reduces its elimination through the kidneys and enables its depositing into the bone structure.

Before the examination

If you are interested in our program just contact our client center at ghc@ghc.cz to make an appointment for the initial assessment.

How is the examination performed

The method used to determine bone “strength” is called densitometry. It is a non-invasive examination that belongs to imaging methods like ultrasound. In addition, a small amount of blood is taken to run a blood test. Its results will show further parameters, such as D vitamin levels, as well as a so-called “bone turnover”. We are also able to establish a minor bone tissue disorder (osteopenia) - a condition when preventive measures prevent the development of osteoporosis.

After the procedure

Based on the analysis of examination results, the client is proposed a treatment plan. The present pharmacology is able to provide effective treatment of initial phases of the disease (osteopenia, significantly reduced D vitamin levels), as well as advanced osteoporosis. As a general rule, the treatment begins with the sole administration of vitamin D which can be combined with a certain amount of calcium in one tablet, if required. For the treatment of diagnosed osteoporosis, modern drugs are used such as bisphosphonates, parathyroid hormone etc.