Osteoporosis is the most common condition treated at the Endocrine and Bone Health Center, but the Center treats other bone problems. Among the more common are:
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D maintains normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood and promotes calcium absorption. Adults should get 800-1,200 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily.
Vitamin D is manufactured in the skin following direct sun exposure, so exposing the hands, arms and face to the sun 10-15 minutes three times a week (depending on your skin sensitivity) is enough to meet the body's vitamin D needs.
You can also take supplements or get vitamin D through your diet (major food sources include vitamin D-fortified dairy products, egg yolks, saltwater fish and liver).
Bone is constantly broken down and re-formed through a two-part process called remodeling. With Paget's disease, the re-formed bone is architecturally unstable.
Occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone in the body. Excessive amounts of this hormone are associated with increased excretion of calcium and phosphorous - two substances needed for strong bones.
Located behind the thyroid gland in the neck, the parathyroids produce a hormone that regulates calcium throughout the body, including how much is stored in the bones. Hypoparathyroidism means not enough parathyroid hormone is produced, which can lead to weak bones.