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Cleveland Clinic

Osteoporosis-The Silent Bone Thief

Chad Deal, MD, Cleveland Clinic Rheumatology Specialist - Doctor's Bio
Chad Deal, MD is Head of the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Department of
Rheumatology at Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute.He has specialty interests in osteoporosis and related conditions. Dr. Deal did his undergraduate work at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas, was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, and graduated in 1977. His internship and residency were at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Mass. He completed a fellowship in arthritis and connective tissue diseases at Boston University School of Medicine in 1982.He has been named one of the best doctors in Cleveland.

Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease


  • Topic Info:Osteoporosis is a common, preventable and treatable form of metabolic bone disease. Fifty seven million Americans—mostly women—are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass.

    According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, ‘a woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. Additionally, ‘a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.’

    Early identification and treatment of low bone density is most effective in increasing bone mass and avoiding painful fractures. Osteoporosis, the ‘silent thief of bone,’ can be prevented, detected and treated.

    Although there are uncontrollable risk factors, such as age and being a woman, there are ways to improve bone health. While various medications can treat osteoporosis, early detection of low bone density and prevention strategies that focus on balance and falls, vitamin D intake and the amount of calcium in your diet are the most important measures to ensure bone health.