Is there a connection between osteoporosis and thyroid?

Is there a connection between osteoporosis and thyroid?

High levels of thyroid hormones, or hyperthyroidism, cause rapid bone loss, and new bone might not be as strong as the bone lost. This process of increased bone loss over time causes osteoporosis.

Does low thyroid affect bone density?

Thyroid hormones play an important role in bone mineral homeostasis and bone density. Both hyperthyroidism and, to some extent, hypothyroidism are associated with reduced BMD leading to increased fracture risk.

What endocrine disorders can have a complication of osteoporosis?

Disorders of the endocrine system, such as primary hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, growth hormone deficiency, Cushing’s syndrome, and anorexia nervosa frequently cause secondary osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis in the spine?


  • Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra.
  • Loss of height over time.
  • A stooped posture.
  • A bone that breaks much more easily than expected.

How does hyperthyroidism affect osteoporosis?

If you have hyperthyroidism—that is, your body produces too much T4—you have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis because being hyperthyroid can trigger an imbalance of bone-eroding activity by the osteoclasts.

Which thyroid hormone is used to treat osteoporosis?

Calcitonin is a hormone naturally produced in the thyroid. When given to patients with osteoporosis, calcitonin produces modest increases in bone mass because it slows the rate at which osteoclasts absorb bone.

Does low TSH cause osteoporosis?

In humans, TSH inhibits markers of bone resorption with a single administration, and low TSH levels correlate with increased fracture risk. The evidence that low TSH levels predispose to osteoporosis in hyperthyroidism is discussed in view of the emerging role of pituitary hormones in bone biology.

When should you see an endocrinologist for osteoporosis?

It’s recommended women 65 years and older and men age 70 and older get screened. Women under the age of 65 and men between ages 50-69 with risk factors should be tested earlier.

What will an endocrinologist do for osteoporosis?

There are several types of medications we use for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis including hormone replacement therapy, raloxifene, bisphosphonates, denosumab, teriparatide and abaloparatide. These medications can substantially reduce the risk of fracture and minimize further bone loss.

Can osteoporosis cause paralysis?

Be reassured that spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis do not cause paralysis. They’re what we call ‘stable’, which means they’re not going to move and damage the spinal cord.

What is the best treatment for osteoporosis of the spine?

Bisphosphonates are usually the first choice for osteoporosis treatment. These include: Alendronate (Fosamax), a weekly pill. Risedronate (Actonel), a weekly or monthly pill.

Can low TSH cause osteoporosis?

What is the connection between thyroid imbalance and osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones are weakened, which can lead to painful and debilitating spinal fractures, so understanding the association between thyroid hormone imbalance and bone density loss can help you take preventive steps to keep your bones healthy.

What are the symptoms of bone loss in osteoporosis?

There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you might have signs and symptoms that include:

Does thyroid disease cause bone loss?

Once the level of thyroid hormone in your body has been reduced to a normal level the rate of bone loss will no longer be so rapid and the bone strength may improve. Some people, however, will have persistent bone loss, with or without thyroid disease, and postmenopausal women are at particularly high risk of this.

What are the signs and symptoms of osteoporotic vertebral fracture?

The presence of increasing back pain in the thoracic or upper lumbar spine should raise the question of impending or actual vertebral body collapse. In a patient with a history of Osteoporosis in the form of widespread bone pain or previous limb fractures the likelihood of osteoporotic vertebral fracture makes the diagnosis more likely.