Did you know in the United States alone there are about 1.5 million bone fractures that are directly related to osteoporosis? It appears that this trend is continuing and early detection and treatment are vitally important. The standard Dexa scan/bone scan only gives a quick snapshot of bone density but, not bone strength or rate of bone loss. However, there is a simple urine test that can be performed in our office to detect such a loss. The test measures two breakdown products of bone, cartilage, and the all important collagen fibers that are considered the “re-bar” of these tissues. The compounds are pyridinoline (PYD) and deoxypyridinoline (DPD).
Pyridinoline (PYD) if found in the urine indicates collagen breakdown from bone and cartilage. Deoxypyridinoline (DPD) if found in the urine indicate collagen breakdown from the bone only. The higher the quantity in the urine can indicate a more rapid bone loss. This test can give you a better of idea of the rate of bone loss rather than a quick snapshot of bone density. It is better to address the underlying reason for the bone loss such hormone imbalance, adrenal imbalance, inflammation at the level of the bone, mineral deficiencies and so on. Utilizing bisphosphonates such as Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel is not the answer and eventual leads to abnormal structure of the bone and later fractures. Please reference my newsletter on osteopenia and osteoporosis for more information. Get TESTED!!