Osteoporosis Specialists Canfield OH

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Thomas Nicholas Detesco, MD
(330) 726-1138
7341 Eisenhower Dr
Boardman, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Southside Med Ctr, Youngstown, Oh
Group Practice: First Medical Assoc

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Mary Toth, MD
(330) 884-4740
7935 Southbrooke Trl
Poland, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 1988

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Bessie Susan Sullivan, MD
(330) 533-6767
7938 Kerrybrooke Trl
Youngstown, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Muhlenberg Reg Med Ctr, Plainfield, Nj
Group Practice: Arthritis Allergy & Immunology

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Ralph Joel Rothenberg, MD
(330) 740-4240
500 Gypsy Ln Fl 3
Youngstown, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1977

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Elaine M Greifenstein, MD
(330) 884-4740
500 Gypsy Ln
Youngstown, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Forum Health -Northside Med C, Youngstown, Oh; Horizon Hosp Sys /Shenango, Farrell, Pa
Group Practice: Rheumatology Assoc

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Bruce M Rothschild, MD
(330) 783-5900
5500 Market St Ste 119
Youngstown, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1973

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Elisabeth H Young, MD
(216) 726-6640
3415 Candy Woods Dr
Poland, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 1985

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Ralph Joel Rothenberg
(330) 884-4740
500 Gypsy Ln
Youngstown, OH
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Michael James Luzar
(330) 884-4740
500 Gypsy Ln
Youngstown, OH
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Michael James Luzar, MD
(330) 740-4740
500 Gypsy Ln
Youngstown, OH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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