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Dexa Scan

DEXA scan is otherwise known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. It measures bone mineral density and bone loss and is used to diagnose osteoporosis in patients with weaker bones. Females above 60 years of age and males above 72 years of age have an increased chance of developing osteoporosis, making it necessary for these patients to have regular DEXA scans.

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I have brain issues. Should I undergo a GH screening?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28-year-old male, and I have been living with a lower quality of life for the past eight to nine years, starting around six to seven months after I had a pretty severe concussion. I had been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and saw several neurologists who ran numerous tests ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query, and from what you have mentioned, I feel that you could have osteoporosis or osteopenia rather than growth hormone deficiency. You can have your bone DEXA scan done and follow up with your orthopedician if it turns out to be either. Growth hor...  Read Full »

My father has diabetes and needs to lose weight. Please assist.

Query: Hello doctor, My father has diabetes, and the doctor said he loses the fat of the body through urine. Like no muscle inside the body. He takes electro homeopathy NaCl drip two to three times a week. Please suggest some thing how to be better?  Read Full »

Dr. Bilal Munawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Patients with diabetes mellitus can develop contractures of digits and limbs as a result of soft tissue thickening in these areas. This can lead to wasting of the muscle from disuse. This is referred to as atrophy. You did not mention your father's age, and if he is ...  Read Full »

I have severe osteoporosis and I am taking PPIs for GERD. Can PPIs impact calcium absorption and cause osteoporosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis based on a DEXA lumbar T-score of -3.6. How does an endocrinologist rule out low mineral or calcium absorption as a contributing cause? What set of bloodwork or other tests does one use in a clinical setting to assess whether the individua...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. As for adequate calcium absorption, I see two pieces of evidence from your lab results (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). 24 hours of urine calcium is normal. It would be low if you were not absorb...  Read Full »

For osteoporosis, is calcium supplement sufficient?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old female diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is Teriparatide treatment recommended? Or vitamin D supplements and Calcium tablets sufficient?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Teriparatide is an extreme treatment for osteoporosis and is always based on your DEXA scan (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) report. Have you got your DEXA scan done? How have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis? Please specify. If DEXA scan has not been done, then j...  Read Full »

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