What does “osteoporosis -2.5” mean? To answer that question, we start with bone density scans, sometimes referred to as bone densitometry or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA, also written as DXA). Such scans have become an increasingly popular testing modality as more than 10 million adults in the United States alone
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One in three women over age 50 suffers a fracture due to osteoporosis, a condition that causes fragile bones, according to a report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation in October 2013. Although osteoporosis itself causes no symptoms, it raises the risk of a bone fracture, which can be painful
What is osteoporosis? Think of it this way: Healthy bones are in a state of continuous breakdown and rebuilding. This process, called remodeling, is performed by specialized cells called osteoclasts, which resorb (break down) old bone, and osteoblasts, which form new bone.
In young adults, remodeling happens in a balanced fashion
Certain conditions or disorders can develop as we age that impact our quality of life and ability to live independently. Here, we take a look at the most common health problems in elderly people—conditions always worth monitoring.
Osteoarthritis: Sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of
Have you recently undergone a bone density test or are you planning to schedule a test soon? If so, it’s important you understand what your bone density scores mean. Use our bone density chart to interpret your test results.
Osteopenia isn’t as serious as osteoporosis—see our posts defining bone loss test scores of osteoporosis -2.5 or osteoporosis -3.0. But it’s also not easy to detect; there aren’t any obvious osteopenia symptoms.
Certain factors, however, can make you vulnerable to osteopenia, meaning that it’s important to preserve your bone density. Specifically,
Many people are familiar with the term osteoporosis, a disease in which your bones become weak and brittle. But what is osteopenia? Osteopenia is the term used to describe a state of low bone-mineral density that’s not as severe as osteoporosis but that can lead to osteoporosis in some people.
Although the DEXA scan is still the gold standard, many doctors are using bone resorption testing such as urine NTX and the CTX test to identify excessive bone loss.
The concerns of osteoporosis for women are well documented, but did you know that men are also at risk for serious fractures due to the condition? Research has shown that 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone during his lifetime due to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is not something you should ignore. Unfortunately, many people wait until they are in their 50’s to even consider their risk factors. But in order to have the best chance of preventing osteoporosis symptoms…