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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It’s a question that should concern all women: “What is osteoporosis?” Yet it also should concern men, who may not be aware they also could be at risk for the disease.
What Is Osteoporosis? It Starts With an Imbalance
You may not realize that your bones—like all your body tissues—are metabolically active,
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.
For women 50 and older, the chances of experiencing a bone fracture are astonishingly high. When should you be tested for bone density?
A DEXA scan, also written as DXA scan, is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and it’s a test that measures the strength of your bones as you age. A DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older. But
Bisphosphonate drugs are medications designed to treat osteoporosis by increasing bone density. The first bisphosphonate was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1995. However, ongoing safety reviews have revealed concerns about effects from long-term bisphosphonate use, which have been linked with a small (less than one percent)
Osteoporosis is Undertreated in Fracture Patients
Many patients who suffer a hip fracture are not told they have osteoporosis, nor are they offered treatment for the condition, according to research presented at the American Geriatrics Society’s 2016 annual meeting. Researchers gathered information from patients who had been hospitalized for a hip
Two tests better than one for cervical cancer detection
Researchers have discovered that examining results from two screening tests for gynecological cancer—the Pap test and the high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) test—significantly improved the detection of cervical cancer and pre-cancerous lesions among more than 1,600 women. The researchers found that, on its
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.