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Bone Health testing determines the rate of bone breakdown.  Caught early, there is increased potential to stop further bone loss with good quality supplementation and exercises designed to strengthen and rebuild bones.

The possibility exists that a patient with bone breakdown is allergic to calcium and the minerals used to build bones.  This is easily tested, with a simple muscle test and if an allergy is found it can be corrected using AllerCease™.

What Is Bone Aging?

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During our lifetimes, we build and lose bone.  This process is a delicate balance between bone health, growth and bone breakdown. From birth to early adulthood, this process is strongly weighted towards bone formation, continuing until we reach our 20’s to 30’s. Once we pass our 30’s, the cycle reverses and the bone gradually thins in a process called osteoporosis.

Why Is It Related to Menopause?

During menstruation, most women produce enough progesterone and estrogen; these two hormones are key in supporting bone growth. Once women reach their mid-forties and usually between three to four years before entering menopause,levels of progesterone and estrogen starts to diminish, causing an acceleration of bone loss. In men, the decline of testosterone also leads to bone loss. Men convert testosterone into estrogen, so a decrease in testosterone leads to lower estrogen levels.

Health Risks of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects you or your loved ones in several different ways:

  • The middle-aged and elderly lose a few inches of height due to osteoporosis.
  • Seniors are more prone to hip fractures which are secondary to osteoporosis.
  • Around 1.5 million bone fractures happen annually secondary to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Lack of exercise
  • Fair complexion
  • Menopause
  • Smoker
  • Alcohol
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Kidney Disease

If your risk is high for developing osteoporosis, Dr. Cushing objectively assess this risk by using the bone health tests below:

  • Urine and Saliva Testing – One urine sample can be taken any time of the day and tested by the lab to assess the rate of bone breakdown in your body.
  • Bone Density Measurement – Radioactive/x-ray measures your bone strength & mineral content.

What Does Urine Testing Offer?

Urine and Saliva testing utilizing an FDA approved lab using the Pyrilinks-D (DPD) urine test.  This test assesses the bone health breakdown in combination with a saliva test. The saliva is used to measure your hormone levels such as estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, FSH, testosterone and cortisol.

Why use the Bone Health Panel

Dr. Cushing can use the Pyrilinks-D urine test within this panel to:

  1. Screen you for osteoporosis in conjunction with your bone health densitometry.
  2. Monitor the bone response in hormone replacement therapy and osteoporosis protocols.

Dr. Cushing uses FDA approved saliva lab testing to monitor hormone replacement therapy through your levels of estrone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, DHEA & testosterone.


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