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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Don’t Like a Healthy Food? Try It Again (and Again)
Dislike healthy foods like legumes (beans)? Maybe you just haven’t eaten them enough. “A primary factor that determines whether people like a food or not is their previous exposure to the food—in other words, if it’s a regular part of their
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
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.
Of all the classic osteoporosis symptoms of the spine, the possibility of “hunchback” should motivate you to a prevention strategy. No matter your age or bone density, there’s much you can do now…
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
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to review current medical practices and issue recommendations based on their findings. But their recommendations regarding osteoporosis screenings have been a subject of
Diabetes Takes a Financial Toll
If your ongoing good health is not incentive enough to follow your doctor’s advice on how to avoid progressing from prediabetes to full-blown diabetes, your bank account might be. A study that appeared Feb. 13, 2017 in Population Health Management revealed that participation in lifestyle modifications,
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
The realization that conventional hormone replacement therapy increased cancer and heart disease risk was a devastating blow to millions of women who were desperately seeking relief from hot flashes, brittle bones, and weight gain. Fortunately, today there’s another option that is quite effective and much safer.