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.
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A DEXA scan (also written as DXA scan) is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. 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.
Research suggests that not
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,
To drink or not too drink? The type and amount of alcoholic beverages consumed can make a difference for your bone health. Learn how alcohol affects your bones – either for good or for bad.
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
As you get older, several factors can cause a rounding of your upper back and a hunched posture. Known as “dowager’s hump,” the condition is officially called kyphosis, and it’s thought to affect as many as 40 percent of older adults.
It isn’t clear what causes kyphosis, but arthritis of the
For women 50 and older, the chances of experiencing a bone fracture are astonishingly high. When should you be tested for bone density?
Eye Drops Instead of Injections May Be Ahead for AMD Patients
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can cause significant vision loss, is treated monthly with medication that is injected directly into the eye—but researchers may have found an easier way to administer the medication. According to a study
In the past two decades, several medications have received FDA approval for the treatment and/or prevention of osteoporosis. With so many choices, which ones are the most effective, and what do we know now about these drugs that we didn’t know 20 years ago?
“We know that using bisphosphonates in the
A study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, June 23, suggests that preventing or slowing the progression of hyperkyphosis—a condition that causes an extreme forward curvature of the spine—may reduce pulmonary decline in older adults.
Hyperkyphosis (also known as “dowager’s hump”) affects as many as 20 to 40 percent