Osteoporosis Specialists Beltsville MD

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Jonathan Mark Adelson, MD
(301) 345-5600
7347 Hanover Pkwy Ste B
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1977

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Seth Howard Lourie, MD
(301) 513-7777
7500 Hanover Pkwy Ste 102
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1964

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Donald Eugene Thomas, MD
(301) 345-5600
Arthritis and Pain Associates of PG County
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Rheumatology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish, English
Education
Medical School: Baylor College Of Med, Houston
Graduation Year: 1989

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Yevgeniy V Sheyn, MD
(919) 966-4191
7347 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Second Moscow Med Inst, Russian State Med Univ, Moscow, Russia
Graduation Year: 1995

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Donald E Thomas Jr, MD
(301) 345-5600
7347 Hanover Pkwy Ste B
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Walter Reed Army Med Ctr, Washington, Dc
Group Practice: Arthritis & Pain Assoc Of Pg

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Dr.Jonathan Adelson
(301) 345-2464
7347 Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt, MD
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: DoctorS Community Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Jonathan Mark Adelson
(301) 345-2464
7347 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Yevgeniy Sheyn
(301) 345-5600
7347 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Seth Howard Lourie
(301) 513-7777
7500 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Donald Thomas
(301) 345-5600
7300 Hanover Pkwy # 201
Greenbelt, MD
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.6, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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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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