Osteoporosis Specialists North Platte NE

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Kristin Sue Bird, MD
911 Dillon Cir
North Platte, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1998

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Loretta Louise Baca, MD
(308) 534-6687
PO Box 869
North Platte, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1984

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Loretta L Baca
(308) 534-6687
302 S Jeffers St
North Platte, NE
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Deborah Kay Doud, MD
(402) 354-0960
16120 W Dodge Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jay Gordon Kenik, MD
601 N 30th St Ste 5850
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1975

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Center for Health
(308) 534-6687
302 South Jeffers Street
North Platte, NE
Services
Yeast Syndrome, Women's Health, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Rheumatology, Polarity Therapy, Pharmacology, Pain Management, Nutrition, Metabolic Medicine, Men's Health, Massage Therapy, Internal Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healing Touch, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Functional Medicine, Fitness/Exercise, Feng Shui, Family Practice, Endocrinology, EFT, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Bio-identical HRT, Arthritis, Allergy, Acupuncture
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Loretta L Baca
(308) 534-6687
302 S Jeffers St
North Platte, NE
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.William Palmer
(402) 391-3800
10170 Nicholas Street
Omaha, NE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1973
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Robin C Geletka, MD
Univ Of Nebraska Medicine Center Po Box 982055,
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 1997

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William R Palmer
(402) 391-3800
10170 Nicholas St
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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