According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and makes them more prone to breaks. To determine whether you have osteoporosis, your physician will order a bone mineral density test to take a “snapshot” of your bone health. The test can identify osteoporosis and
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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.
By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Calcium is an essential mineral for bone health, metabolism, and muscle function. A recent study suggests that dietary calcium is healthiest, and that women who take calcium supplements may even have a slightly higher risk of heart disease. With that in mind, many patients are
Osteoporosis is typically thought of as a woman’s concern but it also affects a lot of men. As many as one-half of postmenopausal women and one and five older men are at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures.
The risk of this bone-thinning disease increases with age. At the time of menopause, women