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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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
As women age, bone loss and fracture risk accelerate, and we need to take a proactive role in protecting ourselves. One of the best ways to build and maintain bone mass is to consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in our daily meals.
Aim for 1,200 milligrams (mg) of
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
Osteoporosis is often a silent disease, as there are virtually no symptoms until a bone fracture occurs. Because of this, many women do not worry about their osteoporosis risk until they are diagnosed. But you shouldn’t wait until your bones are weak and brittle to give attention to your health.
The Female Athlete Triad: The Connection Between Low Energy, Menstrual Irregularities, and Low Bone Mass
Low energy, menstrual dysfunction, and poor bone health are collectively called the female athlete triad, and they can put you at risk for bone-related injuries.
Fibromyalgia symptoms may respond to vitamin D supplementation
People who suffer from the chronic pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia may benefit from taking vitamin D supplements, according to a study published in the February 2014 issue of the journal PAIN. Since there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, treatment focuses on
According to research published online January 1, 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new drug called romosozumab may offer hope for the treatment of osteoporosis. The drug works by freeing the body’s ability to stimulate bone production by blocking signals that naturally inhibit bone formation. According to