Osteoporosis & Osteopenia

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass (bone density) and architectural deterioration of bone tissue (bone quality), leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fractures. One in two women and one in every four men will experience an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. Each year in the US, there are more than 1.5 million osteoporotic fractures, including 700,000 spine, 300,000 hip, 250,000 wrist and 300,000 other types of fractures. Through measurement of bone mineral density (BMD), Diablo Clinical Research is able to evaluate and determine individuals at risk for osteoporosis and monitor the presence or absence of bone loss. Regarding fracture risk, there is no better predictor of future fracture in patients who have not yet fractured than a low BMD.

At our Walnut Creek location, Diablo Clinical Research is working with pharmaceuticals and biotech companies to test new medications, osteoporosis treatments, and already approved medications to treat the bone loss associated with osteopenia (bone mineral density is lower than normal; it is considered by many doctors to be a precursor to osteoporosis) and osteoporosis.

Dr. Richard Weinstein, endocrinologist and Diablo Clinical’s medical director, is a leading researcher in the area of osteoporosis. He also serves as the medical director for the Osteoporosis Center of the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System. At Diablo Clinical, we believe in providing screening for bone loss in women and men who are at risk for osteoporosis. Currently, we are conducting research studies in the San Francisco Bay Area in the areas of osteopenia (bone loss) in addition to osteoporosis.

Risk factors for bone loss include:

Age: The older you get, the higher your risk. Women who are 1 year post menopausal, and men aged 60 + with a history of fractures after age 50 are at increased risk

Race: Caucasians and Asians are more susceptible

Low Body Weight: Men who weigh less than 160 lbs., and women who weigh less than 127 lbs. are more susceptible

Family History of Osteoporosis: Mother, father, or sibling with osteoporosis

Lifestyle: Smoking, excessive alcohol, and lack of exercise increase risk

If you are interested in learning more about the causes of osteoporosis, osteoporosis prevention, bone loss, osteoporosis treatments and symptoms, call or complete our form to see if there is a clinical study that is right for you. We offer paid clinical studies.