Young Male with Osteopenia: Causes and Treatment

Young Male with Osteopenia: Causes and Treatment
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Mohammad Algharibeh and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I am a 23-year-old man with osteoporosis, as shown in the picture. Additionally, I have a severe deficiency in vitamin D. What do you think is the reason behind this? What tests should I take, and what is the treatment?

Hello, Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query. 

This is a situation called osteopenia (which is less severe than osteoporosis), yet it is abnormal to have it in a 23-year-old male. You should do some labs like parathyroid hormone, alkaline phosphatase, and calcium levels to make sure that there is no underlying cause for your readings. After that, and according to your lab results, you have to follow a treatment plan to regain normal bone density. It's important to work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of your osteopenia and vitamin D deficiency and to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.


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About Dr. Mohammad Algharibeh

Dr. Mohammad Algharibeh

Orthopedic Surgeon / Orthopedist

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