BONE RESORPTION TESTING
Osteoporosis can affect both men and women of all ages and states of health. Bone scans are commonly used to monitor bone loss, but they only detect bone density - a static measurement. Bone is in fact a very active tissue and constantly undergoes formation and breakdown. When the rate of breakdown exceeds the rate of formation, bone loss occurs. Bone resorption testing detects the levels of breakdown fragments of the bone protein structure. Determining levels of bone resorption can help assess if the medications or supplements you are taking are in fact helping to prevent bone breakdown. Repeated measurements can be performed every 6-12 weeks to monitor the effectiveness of the therapy and make adjustments as needed in a timely manner. Whereas bone scans can only detect changes in bone density over long periods of time, usually 12 months or more.