Osteoporosis Prevention & Treatment
Interview with Dr. Michael Truong

  • Section 2
  • Exercise, Cigarette Smoking, and Alcohol
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy
  • Section 3
  • Medications that Prevent Bone Breakdown
  • Fluoride
  • Monitoring Osteoporosis Treatment Success

MedicineNet interviewed Dr. Michael Truong regarding updates in the management of osteoporosis. Dr. Truong finished his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco medical school. He then studied at the University of California, Davis for his residency training in Internal Medicine, and his Fellowship training in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism. He spent two years performing research at ADRI (Aoki Diabetes Research Institute), and teaching at the University of California, Davis Medical School. He is currently director of the osteoporosis center with the Mission Internal Medicine Group, a multispecialty group serving southern Orange County, California.

Introduction

Osteoporosis is a bone disorder featuring progressive loss of bone tissue and bone mass leading to weakening of bone. Normal bone tissue is made of protein (called collagen) and calcium salts. The osteoporosis process depletes both the calcium salts and the protein from the bone. The weakened bone is more prone to breakage (fracture), either by cracking or collapsing (compression). In patients with osteoporosis, bone fractures can occur from minor falls or injuries that normally would not cause a bone fracture. Bones that commonly break in patients with osteoporosis include the spine, hips and the wrists.