Osteoporosis Clinical Trials
Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis? Not many people realize that the bones are living, growing tissue, and they can be afflicted by disease just like other tissues of the body. Osteoporosis is a relatively common disease of the bones. It’s a condition that can be difficult for some to prevent and can cause several serious complications. This is why we conduct clinical trials with osteoarthritis patients.
(Interested in taking part in our next osteoporosis research study? Give us a call at (205) 380-6434.)
The word “osteoporosis” can be translated as “porous bone.” Take one look at a cross section of bone from a patient living with this condition, and you’ll agree that the name is quite fitting. A healthy bone can resemble a honeycomb, but osteoporosis causes these holes and spaces to expand dangerously. The reduces the density of the bone and makes it structurally more brittle.
Bones that have begun to exhibit the symptoms of osteoporosis are at far greater risk of breaking during a minor fall or other accident. Now if the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, then the bone could be broken as a result of a very simple action such as bumping into something. People over the age of 50 may want to consider getting a bone density test, especially if they have suffered a broken bone recently.
Keeping Your Bones Healthy
Clinical studies have shown that there are around 54 million Americans already living with osteoporosis, or whose bone mass has gotten dangerously low. Generally speaking, a person’s risk of developing osteoporosis goes up after they have reached their 50’s:
- About 1 in 2 women will break a bone due to osteoporosis
- About 1 in 4 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis
A broken bone is no laughing matter, but it can be a whole lot more serious in older patients. Following the onset of osteoporosis, these are where a majority of breaks will take place:
Certain breaks can take a long time to recover from and may result in chronic pain.
These are additional complications that can arise from osteoporosis as it progresses:
- It can cause the vertebrae of the spine to collapse or break, which will affect the patient’s posture and height. This is what causes the distinguishable “widow’s hump” that is largely associated with this condition.
- The significantly reduced mobility can lead to struggles with depression and feelings of isolation as patients can’t partake in some of their favorite activities.
- An estimated 20% of senior citizens who break a hip pass away within the next year due to problems directly related to the break or during a surgical procedure. Those that survive the first year often must contend with a greatly decreased quality of life.
Osteoporosis Risk Factors
Another thing that makes this a difficult condition is that it’s incredibly difficult to tell when it starts to develop. A broken bone is often the noticeable red flag. Others may start to notice a subtle change in their posture or that they are getting shorter.
Researchers have been able to identify a set of risk factors for osteoporosis. Please note that the following have been broken up into those that are controllable and those that aren’t:
Controllable Risk Factors
- A diet that’s low in fruits and vegetables
- Primarily sedentary lifestyle
- A diet that is low in calcium and vitamin D
- A diet that is too high in sodium, protein and caffeine
- Smoking cigarettes
- Being overweight
- Drinking too much alcohol
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
- More women develop osteoporosis than men
- Being older than 50
- Entering menopause
- Osteoporosis runs in the family
- Having a naturally small frame and thin body
- Prior broken bones
If you notice a developing curve in your spine or loss of height, please make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Osteoporosis Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL
Are you interested in volunteering for a paid clinical trial at our state-of-the-art clinic in Birmingham? Our friendly staff would love to answer any of the questions that you might have regarding your participation. We also have a dedicated resource section for volunteers which is a must see for anyone who is completely new to this.
Participants will be compensated for time and travel, and any study related care. The following are all provided free of charge:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory services
- Study related medication
Osteoporosis is not the only condition of focus for our experienced research team here in Alabama. If you’d like to get paid and participate in a clinical trial, there are several upcoming opportunities which you could qualify for. Give us a call today at (205) 380-6434 if you’re ready to get started.
Learn More About Osteoporosis in this Informational Video
Additional Resources for Patients with Osteoporosis
If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in an osteoporosis clinical trial. Also, our sister site Avail Clinical Research conducts osteoporosis clinical trials in DeLand, Florida.