Osteoporosis Specialists Lake Oswego OR

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Andre Barkhuizen
(503) 675-3000
17050 Pilkington Rd
Lake Oswego, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Andre Barkhuizen, MD
(503) 494-8963
6640 SW Redwood Ln
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1984

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Shirley Blaine Ingram, MD
(503) 297-3384
4231 SW 54th Pl
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1979

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Atulya Achyut DeOdhar
(503) 494-8963
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Anne Amelia Vetto, MD
(503) 248-3674
2611 SW Ravensview Dr
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1984

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Elizabeth Ann Tindall, MD
(503) 620-2117
6640 SW Redwood Ln Ste 301
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Adventist Med Ctr -Portland, Portland, Or; Providence St Vincent Med Ctr, Portland, Or
Group Practice: Portland Medical Assoc

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James Kenneth Smith Jr, MD
(503) 239-7767
22851 Oregon City Loop
West Linn, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1985

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James Todd Rosenbaum, MD
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rdop09
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1975

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Mollie E Thompson, MD
(503) 494-8311
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1997

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Gary Lee Sultany, MD
(503) 297-5384
9155 SW Barnes Rd Ste 314
Portland, OR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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