Twenty-five Harley Street is offering gold standard osteoporosis treatment and the best diagnostic tools available in the UK.
The clinic is headed by one of the UK’s leading authorities on bone health and DEXA scanning.
Professor David Reid – who is also Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Aberdeen – is Medical Director of Twenty-five Harley Street and a consultant rheumatologist.
The professor, a Voluntary Ambassador for The National Osteoporosis Society is a passionate advocate of bone scanning – once patients know their risk, they can receive the most appropriate treatment.
What is DEXA?
Bone scanning is done using DEXA – also referred to as DXA – and an abbreviation of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry.
No referral is required as the radiation used in DEXA is very low.
The DEXA machines used at Twenty-five Harley Street are the gold standard as recommended by the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) for bone density measurements.
Top osteoporosis expert
Professor David Reid assesses and analyses each DEXA scan, allowing anyone who books a scan his full wisdom and expertise.
A DEXA scan is recommended if:
- Other family members have suffered hip fractures
- You’ve broken a bone – even if the fall was minor
- Early menopause has occurred
- There’s a history of smoking and heavy drinking
- A person has suffered eating disorder
- Oral glucocorticoids (designed to stop inflammation) have been taken for three months or more
Best osteoporosis treatment
A DEXA scan may be given as part of a consultation with the professor, or it is available for anyone who is concerned about osteoporosis. If your results are of concern patients can book a consultation.
The Professor favours an integrated approach to the treatment of osteoporosis including the use of supplements.
He says: “The evidence base for the value of vitamin D has hardened in recent years. Adequate vitamin D levels from the diet or by sunlight exposure is hard to achieve especially in the winter months or in those who expose little skin to the sun. Recent nutritional advice in the UK has indicated that many adults may need to take an additional 400 -1000IU of vitamin D from the diet or as a supplement.”
However, for many with osteoporosis, taking vitamins will need to be combined with drug treatment
The Professor states: “For more than two decades we have known that drugs which reduce the rate of bone breakdown (bone resorption) significantly reduce the likelihood of fractures in the spine, at the hip and for many drugs at other non-spine sites.”
He adds, “The primary group of drugs used are the bisphosphonates, such as alendronate and risedronate. They are inexpensive and generally safe in the short-term and therefore can be prescribed for anyone with osteoporosis. They are mainly taken as a tablet once a week.”
Body composition with DEXA
As well as telling you your risk of a bone fracture in the next ten years, a DEXA scan equipped with ‘Advanced Body Composition’ capabilities and a Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) option can also tell exactly where the fat on your body lies, giving you the chance to make appropriate lifestyle changes, which could reverse your risk of getting diabetes, heart problems and of course osteoporosis.
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