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Osteoporosis Answers
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Johnny Su, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases
  • Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases
  • Cleveland Clinic

Andrea Sikon, MD, FACP, NCMP, CCD

  • Chair, Department of Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, Medicine Institute
  • Center for Specialized Women’s Health,ObGyn & Women’s Health Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Another 34 million have low bone mass. If left untreated, osteoporosis can be both debilitating and painful. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. Or, if you already have the disease, early detection and proper medical care can help you slow or even reverse its progress and prevent fractures.

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them more susceptible to sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning “porous bone,” it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength.

Although we do not know the exact cause of osteoporosis, we do understand how the disease develops. When osteoporosis occurs, the bone’s architecture is altered resulting in a weakened internal structure of the bone.

Learn how osteoporosis can be prevented, detected and treated. Our experts will discuss how both men and women are affected by this metabolic bone disease. They will address early detection and prevention strategies that focus on balance and falls, nutrition, and the variety of osteoporosis medications available.

About the Speakers

Johnny Su, MD is a board-certified Rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He has specialty interests in osteoporosis, general rheumatology and related conditions. Dr. Su did his undergraduate work at University of Michigan. He attended medical school at University of Michigan Medical School. His residency in internal medicine was at Case Western Reserve University – University Hospitals of Cleveland. He completed a fellowship in rheumatology at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Andrea Sikon, MD, FACP, is the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics within the Medicine Institute, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She also has an appointment with the Women's Health Institute, practicing in the Center for Specialized Women's Health. Dr. Sikon attended Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh for her Residency and Internship in Internal Medicine. Her specialty interests include diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, osteoporosis, quality improvement, women's health and menopause, and mentorship. She is certified in the following: NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), North American Menopause Society (NAMS); and Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) (International Society of Bone Densitometry).

To make an appointment with Johnny Su, MD or any of the other specialists in our Department of Rheumatologic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic, please call toll-free at 866.275.7496. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/rheum

To make an appointment with Andrea Sikon, MD, FACP, or any of the other specialists in the Center for Specialized Women’s Health, please call 216.444.6601, or toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 46601. You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/womenshealth

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