Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is weakened bones from bone thinning, often associated with aging and post-menopausal women. The condition also affects men, but usually more gradually as andropause causes a slower drop-off in hormones than menopause in women. An inactive lifestyle and lack of weight bearing exercise may exacerbate the bone ...

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Introduction: Osteoporosis

What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. Fractures from osteoporosis can result in significant pain and disability. In the United States, more than 53 million people either already have ...1

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Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Signs of osteoporosis

If you have any of these symptoms, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

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Complications of Osteoporosis

You may not realize you have it until a sudden strain, twist or fall causes a broken bone (also called a “fracture”). With osteoporosis, even a minor tumble can be serious, requiring surgery and hospitalization. If you have osteoporosis, you ...3

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Causes of Osteoporosis

Amenorrhea that results from Fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI) also increases the risk for osteoporosis. It is important to see your health care provider as early as possible to begin investigating the cause of amenorrhea. According to one ...4

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Causes List for Osteoporosis

Some possible causes of Osteoporosis or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Osteoporosis

Broken bones can lead to serious problems for seniors. The hip is a common site for osteoporosis, and hip fractures can lead to a downward spiral of disability and loss of independence. Osteoporosis is also common in the wrist and ...6

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Diagnosis of Osteoporosis

“We know that all women over the age of 65 should have a bone mineral density test,” McGowan says. The test uses a tiny amount of radiation to look at how dense your bones are. It isn’t painful, and ...7

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Genetics of Osteoporosis

“A large part of osteoporosis and fracture risk is inherited,” says McGowan. “If close relatives have suffered a fracture in their later years, this may be a clue to think carefully about your own risk. But diet and physical activity ...8

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Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

There are many factors that contribute to osteoporosis and fractures. Nutrition and physical activity are important modifiable (controllable) risk factors. Family history and personal history of fractures are also risk factors for osteoporosis.7 ...Source: Healthy People (DHHS)9 ...

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Treatments: Osteoporosis

If you do have osteoporosis, medications can help. Khosla has spent 20 years studying the basic biology of bone. He and his team have discovered how bone reacts to changes in levels of estrogen, an important female hormone. “We now ...10

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Prevention of Osteoporosis

There’s a lot you can do to lower your risk of osteoporosis. Getting plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and exercise is a good start, Orwoll says. Calcium is a mineral that helps bones stay strong. It can come from ...11

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Research for Osteoporosis

Researchers are trying to develop drugs that increase bone growth. For now, there’s only one available: parathyroid hormone. It’s effective at building bone and is approved for women and men with osteoporosis who are at high risk for ...12

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References

  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Bone/ Osteoporosis/ Conditions_Behaviors/ default.asp
  2. Source: Queensland Government: qld.gov.au/ seniors/ health/ stay-active-independent
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2010/ February/ feature1.htm
  4. Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ amenorrhea/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ faqs.aspx
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ jan2015/ feature1
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2010/ February/ feature1.htm
  8. ibid.
  9. Source: Healthy People (DHHS): healthypeople.gov/ 2020/ topics-objectives/ topic/ Arthritis-Osteoporosis-and-Chronic-Back-Conditions
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2010/ February/ feature1.htm
  11. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ jan2015/ feature1
  12. ibid.

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