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Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

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

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

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

8. Special Health Concerns

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Although some people use exercise to help reduce risk of disease, it also can be an important way to help you manage a chronic disease, including preserving your independence and ability to do other activities you enjoy. Although starting a new physical activity regimen may be intimidating at first,

Are You at Risk for Osteopenia? Symptoms Don’t Tell the Story

Are You at Risk for Osteopenia? Symptoms Don’t Tell the Story

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,

What Is a DEXA Scan?

What Is a DEXA Scan?

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

Guidelines for Osteoporosis Medications Call for a ‘Drug Holiday’

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)

Get Enough Bone-Building Calcium from Your Diet

It’s no secret that calcium is an essential ingredient for healthy bones, and getting an adequate amount can help prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. For decades, many women have taken calcium supplements rather than monitor the calcium they get from their diets. However, concerns have arisen about the potential dangers

Ask the Doctor: Osteoporosis and Atrial Fibrillation

Q. I fell getting out of the bathtub and fractured my wrist last year, and a friend said the fracture could be a sign that I have osteoporosis. Is she correct?

A. Your friend is correct—your broken wrist could signal possible osteoporosis. In fact, osteoporosis-related wrist fractures represent about 250,000 fractures

Bone Density Testing: All You Need to Know

Prior to menopause, the hormone estrogen helps women maintain their bone density. However, after the onset of menopause, estrogen levels drop and bone loss increases, placing women at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Bone mineral density (BMD) testing can keep track of bone loss, but which risk factors should guide

The New Osteoporosis Patient

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.
Yet, when

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