Genetic Bone Health Assessment
Strong bones are critical to good health. While healthy bones are influenced by environmental elements such as nutrition, genetics also play a major role. Osteoporosis, characterized by low bone mass, is a major problem in older adults. Today, about 30 to 50 percent of UK women and 15 to 30 percent of UK men experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes. Studies have demonstrated that bone mineral density in older adults is influenced by genes underlying bone accrual and bone loss; in fact, up to 85 percent of the variation in peak bone mineral density can be explained by genetic factors. However, only recently have these specific genes, and their variants, been identified.
Knowing whether you have a genetic variant in the genes known to be associated with increased risk for fracture or lower bone mineral density, may allow us to implement strategies to delay the onset of osteoporosis, and reduce the severity of bone loss and potential fractures later in life.
Ideal Candidates are Patients with the Following Symptoms or Conditions:
- History of a minimal-trauma fracture
- Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
- Low blood phosphate (hypophosphatemia)
- Diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia
- Conditions that prevent proper vitamin D absorption
- Menopausal changes
- Individuals with compromised mobility
- People in low sun exposure areas