Osteoporosis Specialist

Valerius Medical Group & Research Center

Rheumatologists located in Los Alamitos, CA

When it comes to protecting your bones, it’s important to have a doctor with experience treating osteoporosis. At Valerius Medical Group & Research Center, Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal, MD, have the experience and skill to protect your bones and prevent their deterioration. Located in Los Alamitos Long Beach, CA, Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah monitor your bone health and prevent osteoporosis from worsening. Contact the office today or schedule your appointment easily online.

Osteoporosis Q & A

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that leads to thinning bones. Because osteoporosis makes your bones fragile, those with the condition are more likely to suffer from bone fractures and breaks.

Osteoporosis is fairly common with an estimated 10 million Americans diagnosed with the disease and another 34 million diagnosed with low bone mass, a precursor to osteoporosis.

Who is at risk for developing osteoporosis?

Although anyone can develop osteoporosis, certain demographics are more at risk than others. For instance, the condition is more common in women who make up about 80% of the diagnosed population.

Your family history can also put you at a higher risk as there’s a genetic component to developing osteoporosis. Other risk factors include:

  • Being 65 or older
  • Poor nutrition
  • Prolonged exposure to steroids
  • High caffeine consumption

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

If you think you may have or be at risk for osteoporosis, schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center. A specially-trained team member completes a thorough bone density consultation to determine your risk.

After reviewing your personal and medical history, Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah may recommend a bone density scan. It's a noninvasive test that uses X-rays to determine the level of calcium and other minerals in your bones, indicating the density and strength of your bones.

How is osteoporosis treated?

There isn’t a cure for osteoporosis, but with the proper treatment, its symptoms are manageable, and prevention is possible.

Your rheumatologist at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center recommends calcium for continual bone development. Increase calcium with a daily supplement or be sure to eat plenty of calcium-rich foods like yogurt, milk, and dark greens.

Your rheumatologist may also recommend Vitamin D, which maximizes calcium absorption. This vitamin is naturally produced when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Get around 15 minutes of direct, unprotected sun a day. If you spend a lot of time indoors or live in an area where sunlight is limited, consider taking a supplement.

Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah may also recommend supplementing with potassium and Vitamin K, both of which play a major role in bone health. They may also suggest lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Exercising 30 minutes a day
  • Limiting caffeine intake
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Quitting smoking 

When you’re at risk for developing osteoporosis, preventive measures can make an immense difference. Contact the team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center by calling or book your appointment online today.