Osteoporosis is, unfortunately, very common in patients with parathyroid disease. Osteoporosis affects our bones, and is caused by a loss of calcium from the bones. Bones with osteoporosis are thin and fragile, making them much more susceptible to fractures and breaks. Moreover, bones with osteoporosis usually ache and hurt as well.
We need calcium because it makes our bones hard and strong, which is incredibly important for our overall well being. The calcium level in all parts of our bodies is regulated by the parathyroid glands. Because it is such an important job, it is actually everything the glands are responsible for.
Through the secretion of parathyroid hormone, our four small parathyroid glands regulate how much calcium is stored in our bones. We store many pounds of calcium in our bones, and nearly all of it is readily available to the rest of the body at the request of the parathyroid glands. When one or more of the parathyroid glands are overactive, our bones constantly release calcium into the blood stream. This is caused by the excess parathyroid hormone. As a result, bones lose their density and hardness.
This loss of calcium from the bones is called osteoporosis, and it is a very serious condition as it means your bones are more likely to break. In fact, patients with osteoporosis are ten times likelier to have a fracture. Meanwhile, if you have severe osteoporosis, the risk of a fracture increase up to 25-fold.
All patients with hyperparathyroidism will eventually develop osteoporosis, unless the parathyroid tumor is removed. It is therefore, needless to say, extremely important that you have a parathyroidectomy as soon as possible to prevent further damage and disease.
Luckily, osteoporosis associated with hyperparathyroidism is the only type of osteoporosis that is completely reversible. Removing the bad parathyroid gland usually fixes the problem completely as patients will have a significant and often dramatic increase in bone density after surgery.
If you are suffering from osteoporosis, schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills parathyroidectomy expert Dr. Larian today by calling 310.461.0300