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
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
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
Sarcopenia strikes up to one-third of people over 50. Here’s how to prevent and treat it.
Americans’ craze for plenty of protein may be missing the point, at least as it applies to older adults. For protecting against frailty and retaining muscle mass, when you consume your protein might be as important as how much.
In a new 24-week clinical trial, extra protein at breakfast and lunch
Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs? The answer is “yes!” But only if you use a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the underlying root causes of osteoporosis. The sooner you start treatment, the better your chances of reversing bone loss – so don’t put it off any longer!
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.