Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dr. Pauline Camacho, a Loyola endocrinologist, with WJOL radio

Dr. Pauline Camacho, a Loyola bone specialist, says osteoporosis is a generalized skeletal disorder brought on by an imbalance in the rate of bone formation and bone destruction. Many things can lead to osteoporosis: menopause, parathyroidism, vitamin D deficiency, calcium disorders, low testosterone levels and alcoholism. About 80 percent of diagnosed osteoporosis cases are found in women.

There are things that you can do to help prevent osteoporosis or slow down its progression, such as drinking milk for calcium, keeping a healthy diet and getting exercise. There really are few symptoms in people who are developing osteoporosis. Usually it's not diagnosed until the patient suffers the first fracture due to the condition.

One sign to watch out for, however, is a loss of height in your 60s. This may be an early warning sign that you are having mini-fractures in the spine. All women at age 65 should have their bone density checked. However, if there is a family history of the disorder, then you should check out your bone density in your 50s.

Dr. Camacho talks about how important vitamin D is for bone health because it helps to absorb calcium. Sunshine is one way to absorb vitamin D, but it's also found in some foods. Loyola has numerous studies about the effects of low vitamin D. She added that people who are overweight do tend to have low vitamin D levels. She explained the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and she touched upon the symptoms of thyroid disorders.

For more questions or to make an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.