San Diego Anti-aging medicine and family practice located in Encinitas CA, Center for Age Management

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Center for Age Management

317 N. El Camino Real, Suite 206
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Phone: 760-633-1315

 

Mon - Thur: 9am to 5pm
Lunch: 12pm to 1:30pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm
On Fridays, we will have limited staff. You may leave a message and it will be our pleasure to return your call. Any prescriptions, questions or concerns that you have, we will be happy to assist you Monday - Thursday.

Serving other neighboring cities: La Costa, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Carlsbad, La Jolla, and San Diego County, CA.

Screening: Urine Test May Predict Women’s Bone Risk

A simple urine test before a woman reaches menopause may predict her risk of bone fracture, researchers report.
Several indicators of bone deterioration are known to be associated with fracture, but only women over age 65 and older men are routinely tested for them. Now, researchers report that levels of a substance called cross-linked N-telopeptide of Type 1 collagen, or NTX, which is released into the urine when bones weaken, can predict the risk for future fracture in premenopausal, asymptomatic women.
In a prospective analysis published online in the journal Menopause, the scientists studied 2,305 healthy premenopausal women ages 42 to 52, measuring NTX at the start of the study and following them for an average of more than seven years. During that period, 184 of them suffered at least one fracture.
After controlling for age, weight, race and other factors, they found that women with a baseline NTX above the median were 59 percent more likely to have a fracture than those whose level was below the median.
“What these data suggest,” said the lead author, Jane A. Cauley, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, “is that women with higher than average NTX values around menopause should be targeted for a bone density scan to help identify those at risk for fracture.”
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR