Aging is inevitable, and bone reflects the aging process by exhibiting gradual loss of mass. In susceptible individuals, this can cause osteoporosis. Bone metabolism is a continuous, delicate process of balancing ongoing deposition and breakdown. Hormonal balance, nutrition, lifestyle and genetics are all contributing factors to bone metabolism. This panel provides measurements of six key hormones in saliva-progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, cortisol, FSH and DHEA/DHEA-S-as well as the bone marker DPD in urine. Urinary and salivary assays provide bone resorption markers for a complex patient report presented in an easy-to-read, customized format.
Bone Health Concerns:
Middle-aged and elderly people lose a few inches of their height due to osteoporosis.
Many seniors are prone to hip fractures secondary to osteoporosis.
1.5 million bone fractures, at various body sites, occur annually secondary to osteoporosis.