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On this page we give our customers the opportunity to talk about their experiences with the OsteoTest.
More reports will follow in the course of time.
- Gisela Schäfer "I was very lucky to have had this test".
- Isabel "A ride in a rickshaw with unexpected consequences".
- Niklas Heller "A vertebral fracture during sport".
- Test result comparison of the X-ray procedure (DXA) and the OsteoTest
"I was very lucky to have taken this test!"
To say it right away: I really do exist and it is important for me to tell you how much the test from osteolabs has changed my life. It is thanks to the test that I am now living without physical complaints. I don't want to think about how I would be feeling now if I hadn't taken the osteoporosis early test.
I have been going to my doctor for a good ten years now for the classic preventive check-ups for osteoporosis. So far, everything looked fine on the X-rays - no osteoporosis, according to my doctor's diagnosis. But without osteolabs I would have found out much too late that nothing was good at all.
I owe it to my daughter that I took the test at all. She got me the test a good two years ago, after she had heard about it and was advised to take it at the age of 50 or right at the beginning of the menopause. Although I was already much older, my daughter convinced me to do the urine test anyway. I didn't really see any need for it, because the preventive examinations at my doctor's had always been without any findings. So I was all the more surprised when I got the results of the test from osteolabs: Osteoporosis in the early stages.
Even my doctor couldn't believe it at first, so he immediately found out about this new test procedure. After his research, he then explained to me why osteoporosis could not be diagnosed in me until now: The classic X-ray method only looks at certain bones, but not all bones. The osteolabs method, on the other hand, measures the calcium loss in all bones. Despite the clear test result from osteolabs and my doctor's explanation, I didn't want to accept the diagnosis for a long time. I therefore had another X-ray examination done and again no osteoporosis was detected. As I was now unsure, I wrote to osteolabs and asked how this could be. At that time I had probably not yet understood that the osteolabs test method can already detect the smallest signs of osteoporosis, which the conventional X-ray method only brings to light much later, namely when the bone loss can also be seen beyond doubt on the X-ray images. Prof. Dr. Eisenhauer from osteolabs explained this to me in a clear and understandable way, so that I was finally able to accept the diagnosis of osteoporosis through the osteolabs test.
In conclusion, I can really say: I was very lucky to have had this test and I am very grateful to my daughter for her persistence. Because even though I was already a little older than 50, my doctor was still able to stop the disease well because of the early diagnosis. Today I live without pain and broken bones and I am happy that I can actively participate in life.
Based on my own experience, I can therefore only recommend that you all take the test. Thank you, osteolabs, thank you for this test!
Here are the test results of Gisela Schäfer in detail
"A ride in a rickshaw with unexpected consequences - who would think of a fractured vertebral?"
"A bit of back pain for once? I didn't think anything of it. Maybe I was just lying on my back or overexerting myself in the garden. I'm sure a lot of people feel that way, especially when they're a bit older. But this is one of the symptoms of osteoporosis and should not be dismissed, as I learned later.
I am Isabel, 81 years old and live in southern Germany. It is a special concern of mine to report on my experiences with osteoporosis and with the OsteoTest | home. In September 2018, a ride in a rickshaw through Barcelona had unexpected consequences for me. I sat with my back to the driver and listened to what he had to say about the city. For this, I had to turn around to him again and again. The ride was very jerky and the rickshaw was not very well padded. The roads were very uneven in parts and we drove over some potholes. Suddenly I felt that something was wrong with my back. I wasn't in much pain, but my whole back was cramping. As the pain did not subside, I presented myself at the hospital and was examined. The result was a suspected vertebral injury. I was shocked at first, I had not expected that.
Diagnosis vertebral fracture
It wasn't until I got back from holiday that my doctor diagnosed me at home. One of my vertebrae was broken and had sunk forward. That explained the pain. A few years ago I had been diagnosed with osteoporosis after a bone density measurement. At first I tried to combat it with exercise, diet and alternative healing methods, without success. Further examinations followed and another diagnosis: my osteoporosis had worsened and progressed.
Repressing the disease does not help
I am such an active person, I like to be outside. I absolutely could not imagine a daily life without my daily walks. Unfortunately, it doesn't get better if you try to suppress the disease.
After a very detailed consultation in an osteoporosis centre at a local clinic, I decided on a conservative therapy. Unfortunately, I could not stop the bone loss naturally. I was prescribed a medication to support the building bone cells and the natural calcium absorption.
My doctor recommended osteolabs
In another consultation regarding a therapy, a doctor drew my attention to osteolabs and the new, radiation-free test. She had researched this new procedure and recommended it to me.
Above all, she pointed out that this test could be used to check the success of medication on my bone metabolism at more regular intervals without exposing me too frequently to the radiation of conventional bone densitometry.
First I had the booklet from osteolabs sent to me free of charge.
Around the same time, my daughter had also heard about osteolabs through the media. We exchanged ideas and decided to try out the test. At the pharmacy, I bought a test kit for each of us. It was very easy to do the test at home. It involves putting a little morning urine in a container and sending it by post to the lab. Everything for this is included in the package, including the prepaid envelope.
When we received our results, I was very surprised at first, because my daughter's result showed worse bone health than my result. Yet she is over 30 years younger than me. Shouldn't she be healthier and have better results? Did the test work properly?
Personel consultation with osteolabs
I approached osteolabs with this question. The nice employee Mrs. Meinen took care of the matter and referred me to Prof. Dr. Eisenhauer, the scientific director of osteolabs. He discussed my results with me in detail and explained that the result was related to the therapy I had started before. A good 10 days before I took the test, I started treatment with the teriparatide, which made my value above average in relation to my age.
Safety through diagnosis and therapy control
Since my daughter does not take any medication, she had an age-appropriate result, which, however, was already slightly in the borderline range and therefore worse compared to my value. This test has given me confidence with regard to the therapy. My doctor can assess whether the medication I am receiving is correctly dosed and leads to the desired success - namely, that the excessive loss of bone mass is stopped. I can continue to be active and don't have to worry about my bones becoming porous unnoticed.
In my opinion, older people in particular should take this simple test, because osteoporosis is often discovered too late. You don't have to surrender to your fate. Since the procedure is comparatively new, not all doctors know about this test yet. Find out about this new osteoporosis test and ask your doctor about it.
It has been my experience that you can contact osteolabs at any time with questions. The certainty I have gained from the test is very valuable for me. I know where I stand and am not at the mercy of the disease without a clue."
A vertebral fracture during sport
As a man in my early 30s, I didn't think I would have to deal with osteoporosis, but it turned out differently. It was preceded by sudden, severe pain in the spine during sports. An MRI identified a vertebral fracture as the cause. I was then sent to an osteologist who carried out a DXA bone density measurement. The diagnosis was osteopenia (explanation: precursor to osteoporosis).
As no serious organic causes could be identified as a clear trigger for the osteopenia, the treatment plan only included the administration of vitamin D and a calcium preparation. Since vitamin D deficiency is very widespread in the population, I was still unsure whether this medication would really improve my condition.
The DXA bone density measurement gives an answer to this question at the earliest one year after the first measurement. Only then has enough time passed to be able to assess with a new measurement whether the treatment has had an effect and the bone density has increased again.
My own research led me to osteolabs
I didn't want to wait that long or expose myself to radioactive radiation again. Fortunately, while searching for alternatives, I came across osteolabs. With osteolabs you don't determine the absolute bone density, which changes only very slowly. Instead, you get a statement on whether the bone density is currently developing positively or negatively and thus also whether the current treatment is working.
I first ordered the OsteoTest | home, which was quickly delivered to my home. The application is very simple and well described in the instructions. I received the test result discreetly by post. Unfortunately, this did not indicate a building bone metabolism:
I got a value in the borderline range.
I discussed the results with the osteolabs experts on the phone as well as with my doctor. Since the test was carried out only three months after the start of treatment, this result could also be interpreted as a slow onset of treatment success. After all, the bone metabolism had to have been negative in the past, i.e. worse than at the time of the test.
Checking the success of treatment
So I repeated the test two months later. This time my doctor took additional blood for the OsteoTest | med. The new result actually contained values that pointed to a slightly building bone metabolism. I am still a long way from the normal range, but with osteolabs I can and will continue to monitor how my bone metabolism is developing. I can also only recommend that other people who do not yet have any bone fractures take a look at their bone health.
Test result comparison of the bone x-ray procedure (DXA)
At osteolabs we repeatedly receive enquiries from patients who have taken our OsteoTest after a DXA examination. It also happens that the results of the X-ray measurement and the osteolabs original test differ. This raises questions for the patients or leads to uncertainty...
"Is the OsteoTest working properly?"
"Are the test results reliable?"
"Why do the test results differ?"
"Which test result can I rely on?"
We will be happy to explain how the different test results come about and what conclusions can be drawn from them. If you also have questions about our OsteoTest and the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0431 - 990 730.
Bone X-ray test result of the spine and thigh
One patient had already had several DXA measurements done to determine her bone density. She received results in the green range several times (see Fig. 1). The patient had no symptoms yet and felt healthy. Nevertheless, she was unsure and wanted to get a second opinion with our test.
The patient ordered the OsteoTest | home online. Her sample was evaluated by our laboratory and she received the test result 14 days later. She was unsettled because, in contrast to the inconspicuous X-ray result, indications of increased calcium depletion and thus of an osteoporotic event were now found.
Via this link you can call up the result of the OsteoTest and compare it with the previous result.
Why do the results differ?
Osteoporosis only shows up on imaging when it has already reached an advanced stage. Traditionally, osteoporosis is diagnosed with the help of an X-ray. However, this diagnostic method has limitations: The doctor has to make an interpretation of the X-ray and depending on the imaging, doctors come to different conclusions. In addition, a single X-ray is usually not sufficient for diagnosis. Osteoporosis only shows up on the X-rays when it has already reached a considerable stage, i.e. when an excessive amount of bone mass has already been lost and the bone looks porous. Since many patients therefore start therapy very late, they have a poorer prognosis of being able to live symptom-free in old age.
The radiation-free diagnostic procedure from osteolabs in the form of a blood and/or urine test takes effect much earlier. The calcium ratios measured in this process allow an exact assessment of bone health in relation to the age-related reduction of bone mass.
With an early result, patients have time to start an individual therapy in consultation with their doctor and prevent an osteoporotic bone fracture.