Osteoporosis Specialists Pasco WA

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Sophia S Chang
(509) 547-6086
516 W Margaret St
Pasco, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Katherine Newhall Perry, MD
(509) 946-1654
144 Macarthur St
Richland, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1991

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Derek John Peacock, MD
(509) 946-7788
560 Gage Blvd Ste 203
Richland, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London, Kings Coll Sch Med/Dent, London (352-19 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1981

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Gary Leslie Craig, MD
(509) 838-2531
105 W 8th Ave Ste 6080
Spokane, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Master Univ, Sch Of Med, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1976

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Victoria W Cartwright, MD
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1995

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Derek J Peacock
(509) 783-2000
512 N Young St
Kennewick, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Sophia Su-Fang Chang, MD
(509) 548-6086
2152 Anna Ave
Richland, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kaohsiung (Takau) Med Coll, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (385-01 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1983

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Katherine Newhall Perry
(509) 946-1654
875 Swift Blvd
Richland, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Derek J Peacock
(509) 783-2000
512 N Young St
Kennewick, WA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Kristen Nicole Hayward
(206) 543-0065
1959 Ne Pacific St
Seattle, WA
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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