6 Tests Your Doctor May Not Tell You About… #4 – A Simple Urine Test for Bone Loss

By on August 12, 2011 under 6 Tests that your doctor may not tell you about, Osteoporosis/Bone Health

It is estimated that 52 million men and women in the U.S. have osteoporosis. Women start losing bone mass at age 30.

Wouldn’t it be ideal if we could measure in real time whether you are losing bone strength rather than wait until a bone density test shows that strength has already been lost?

Your bone is living tissue, in a constant dynamic state of renewal, building up and breaking down to create new, healthy bone.  The breakdown products can be measured in the urine to determine the rate of bone loss. This test can be repeated to see if changes in nutrition, supplements, vitamin D levels, and exercise are improving the rate of bone loss.

There are 2 tests to check for bone loss, the Urine Pyrilinks and the N-Telopeptide (NTx) test. Both detect bone breakdown products in the urine. These tests are usually covered by Medicare and many private insurance plans for those who are at increased risk or who already have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Even if it is not covered, the test is affordable with the Pyrilinks test only costing $80.

There is an incredible book on nutrition and bone health called The Whole Foods Guide to Strong Bones. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is concerned about osteoporosis.

If you are interested in the finding out more about bone loss and live in the Tampa Bay area, call our office at (727) 329-8859 or email us to find out more about our Wellness Program.