As the population ages, osteoporosis is a growing problem in both women and men. Loss of bone mineral density (BMD) increases the risk of fractures, which can lead to disability, pain, and reduced quality of life. Hip fractures are particularly dangerous. They’re linked to a higher risk of death, particularly
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Healthy bone is a balancing act. Our bodies continually remove older bone and replace it with new. As adults, if we lose bone at too fast a rate, replace it at too slow a rate, or both, the result is osteoporosis—weak, porous bones that fracture easily. The National Osteoporosis Foundation
Q: My 59-year-old daughter has been advised to have a bone density test. Is this really necessary? We both thought women only needed these tests after age 65.
A: You are right that bone density testing is generally recommended for women who are age 65 and older, since it’s this age
You can supplement with calcium and vitamin D all you want; but if you aren’t getting enough vitamin K, your bone building efforts may be in vain.
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.
The 17 conditions listed alphabetically in this chapter are non-orthopaedic in nature. They can affect bones, muscles, and the structures surrounding joints and can cause just as much discomfort as orthopaedic issues.
Athlete’s foot is more common in men than in women and more common in older adults than in
Orthopaedic conditions directly involve bones, muscles, and joints. Of the 38 conditions covered in this report, 20 are orthopaedic in nature and are described in this chapter. The 17 non-orthopaedic conditions are discussed in Chapter 3.
The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the lower leg, connecting the calf
Some common health concerns among postmenopausal women include breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke—but a medical condition that is more common than all of these is often overlooked. The condition is osteoporosis—weak, brittle bones that put you at high risk of suffering a bone fracture.
“More women suffer osteoporotic fractures each
The pain, stiffness, and restricted movement that accompany arthritis may seem like a good reason to curl up in bed, but exercise is beneficial in mild-to-moderate arthritis. Arthritis exercise benefits include:
Healing. Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygenation within joint tissue, promoting repair.
Lower risk of complications. Exercise helps protect
The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known