Some thoughts on osteoporosis in women
ANGELO A. LICATA, MD, PHD
Department of Endocrinology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, One Clinic Center, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease of the elderly that has an enormous impact on health costs. New thoughts about pathophysiology are emerging. Age-related changes in skeletal metabolism and hormonal alterations and changes in lifestyle patterns present an array of risk factors. Many regimens are available to treat established disease. Most programs are aimed at preventing further mineral loss. Experimental therapies are directed toward stimulating bone growth. Prevention is the key to treating disease.