Osteoporosis Specialists Arlington Heights IL

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Shirley Angeles Albano, MD
Arlington Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1994

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Nighat M Ahmad, MD
(513) 745-0592
1300 S Elmhurst Rd Apt 117
Mount Prospect, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Quaid-E-Azam Med Coll, Islamia Univ, Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1979

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Glenn I Weiner, DO
(847) 364-0800
944 Saybrook Ln
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1974

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Prerana Panchal
(847) 545-9028
901 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Sergey Furmanov
(847) 298-8470
150 N River Rd Ste 270
Des Plaines, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ladonna R Koziol
(847) 259-8550
1700 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Rodney Tehrani, MD
(708) 216-4813
304 Viola Ln
Prospect Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1999

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Firoozeh Motamedi, MD
1931 N Meacham Rd
Schaumburg, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Shahid Beheshti Univ, Fac Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr.Prerana Panchal
(847) 545-9028
901 Biesterfield Road #209
Elk Grove Village, IL
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.7, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Thomas Danl Palella, MD
(708) 298-8470
150 N River Rd Ste 270
Des Plaines, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1977

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What's Your Risk of Osteoporosis?

Most of us who are 50 years old or older are acutely aware of the many changes we see in our bodies. The mirror shows us everyday that we ain't what we used to be. But there are some things we can't see that may need your attention. One of those is a condition called osteoporosis. You've probably already heard about it but may not think it applies to you.

Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mass. The bone is less dense, a concept referred to as a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) -- a thinning of the bone, so-to-speak. Left untreated, bones can become brittle and break causing bone fractures and other problems.

You may not think this applies to you, but half of all adults over the age of 50 are affected. How can you tell if you have osteoporosis? Your primary care physician is the best person to evaluate and advise you. But educating yourself about this skeletal disease, recognizing your risk factors, and practicing some prevention is a very good idea.

First, who is at risk? Are you? According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), there are two categories of risk factors: lifestyle factors and medical risk factors. Lifestyle factors include things like too much alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and antacids (aluminum). Not enough calcium, vitamin D, and physical activity add to your risk. These are all considered modifiable risk factors, meaning you can do something about them to reduce your risk.

Some of the medical risk factors are nonmodifiable. For example, there's not much you can do about your age or sex (women are at greater risk than men). A previous fracture, poor vision (contributing to falls), poor balance, and some medications also increase your medical risk of decreased bone mass. Some of these are modifiable, while others are not. Your physician will help you sort out which are your risk factors and how to reduce your risk as much as possible.

Although older Caucasian (white) women (especially after menopause) are the group affected most often, anyone of either sex (male or female) and of any color (racial or ethnic background) can develop osteoporosis. In fact, there is evidence now that not enough calcium and having diabetes mellitus has bumped up the number of Hispanic women affected by osteoporosis.

Men can also develop osteoporosis. This is especially true if they are over 70 years old or have low levels of testosterone hormone and any of the other risk factors already mentioned. Caucasian men are affected most often (seven per cent), followed by African American men (five per cent), and Hispanic men (three per cent). Those figures compare with 20 per cent for both Caucasian and Asian women.

If you have any of these risk factors, you should be evaluated. The next question is what kind of testing is available to see if you do have osteoporosis? The gold standard (number one tool used) is still dual-energy X-ay absorptiometry (DXA, pronounced Dex-uh) scanning. It's painless, noninvasiv...

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