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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

Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines Miss Many Women in the 50-64 Age Range

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

What Is Osteoporosis?

What Is Osteoporosis?

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,

Take Proactive Steps to Prevent Falls and Injuries

The incidence of falls and related injuries—including fractures, lacerations, and head injuries—is growing among adults age 65 and older, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 23, 2016 in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The CDC report said that, in

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)

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

FYI: More Women Over 65 Need to Be Screened for Osteoporosis

Researchers who analyzed medical records of more than 50,000 women discovered that nearly half of women who were age 65 and older had not had a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan, a test that measures bone mineral density and reveals whether osteoporosis is present.

Among women 65 and older, about 58

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

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