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 with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.