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Osteoporosis - Causes - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment - Prevention

Osteoporosis causes, diagnosis, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, and treatment. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken, become brittle and more easily breakable. The osteoporosis disease process can be silent (without symptoms) for decades. It's a harse reality that the drugs we take to treat arthritis, especially the corticosteroids, also wreak havoc on our bones.
  1. A - Z: Osteoporosis Meds
  2. A - Z: Types of Arthritis
  3. Bone Pain
  4. Calcium Supplements
  5. Corticosteroid Drugs
  6. Exercise for Osteoporosis
  7. Hip and Other Bone Fracture
  8. Osteoporosis: Research

Bone Up On Osteoporosis
Diagnostic tests are focusing on earlier detection of osteoporosis, a disease with symptoms which can remain hidden for years.

Osteoporosis Risk Factor Quiz
The more risk factors you have for a specific disease, the more likely it is you will develop that disease. Do you have any of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis?

What Is FRAX?
FRAX has been developed by the World Health Organization. FRAXis a fracture risk assessment tool.

Osteoporosis Screening Quiz
Osteoporosis is a condition which is characterized by loss of the normal density of bone, resulting in brittle bones. Brittle bones are subject to fracture. The disease process can be silent (without symptoms) for decades.

What Is a DEXA Scan?
A DEXA scan measures your bone density. A DEXA scan is the most accurate test available for bone density and your risk of osteoporosis.

Does Osteoporosis Risk Increase For People With Rheumatic Disease?
Certain risk factors make it more likely that a patient will develop osteoporosis.

Osteopenia - What You Need to Know
Osteopenia is often confused with osteoporosis. What is osteopenia?

What Should People With Arthritis Be Doing To Prevent Osteoporosis?
What are the key factors which lead to osteoporosis? It is sometimes called a silent disease - how can people be aware of the clinical symptoms before fracture occurs? What should people be doing to prevent osteoporosis?

Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Risk of Hip Fracture
Proton pump inhibitors which are taken for acid-related diseases and also by many arthritis patients trying to reduce gastrointestinal side effects caused by NSAIDs have been linked to an increased risk of hip fracture. Proton pump inhibitors include Nexium, Protonix, Prevacid, Aciphex and Prilosec.

Osteoporosis in Men
Most men think osteoporosis only affects women. That is a misconception.

Osteoporosis: Factors Affecting Peak Bone Mass
Given the knowledge that high peak bone density reduces osteoporosis risk later in life, it makes sense to pay more attention to those factors that affect peak bone mass.

Osteoporosis Pain - Osteoporosis: Coping With Chronic Pain
A two-part overview of pain relief options for osteoporosis. The fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very painful. Some people experience little or no pain, while others with osteoporosis suffer intense pain and muscle spasms that last long after a fracture has healed.

Americans Over 50 at Risk for Bone Fractures
The Surgeon General has warned that by 2020, half of all Americans older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis.

Risk for Weak Bones - Are You at Risk for Weak Bones?
If you have any of these "red flags," you could be at high risk for weak bones.

Top 5 Steps to Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention
These 5 steps, when used in combination, can help to prevent osteoporosis.

What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by brittle bones. There are medications that can improve bone density.

Osteoporosis Prevention For Kids: A Guide for Parents
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become less dense and prone to fractures. Osteoporosis has been called "a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences". Building healthy bones in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life.

The Lupus–Osteoporosis Link
What people with lupus need to know about osteoporosis. People with lupus are at increased risk for osteoporosis for many reasons.

Osteoporosis Vs. Osteoarthritis: Similar Names, Different Conditions
Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are two very different conditions with little in common, however, the similarity of their names causes confusion. While it's possible to have both osteoporosis and arthritis, studies show that people with osteoarthritis are less likely to develop osteoporosis. Whereas, people with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to develop osteoporosis.

Low Carb Diets and Osteoporosis
The Atkins Diet, the Zone, and the South Beach Diet have generated a lot of publicity, not all of which has been favorable. Low carb diets may have potential negative health consequences such as increasing the risk of osteoporosis, gout, and more.

An In-Depth Report: Osteoporosis
An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis (Image)
The bone disease osteoporosis is caused by more bone cells being resorbed than formed.

Normal Vs. Osteoporotic Bone (Image)
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by progressive loss of bone density, thinning of bone tissue and increased vulnerability to fractures. Osteoporosis may result from disease, dietary or hormonal deficiency or advanced age. Regular exercise and vitamin and mineral supplements can reduce and even reverse loss of bone density.

Osteoporosis - Deterioration of Vertebral Support (Image)
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by progressive loss of bone density, thinning of bone tissue and increased vulnerability to fractures.

Can Drinking Soda Cause Osteoporosis?
Claims that drinking a lot of soda causes bone loss are fairly common. Should you feel like you are being bad to your bones when you enjoy a soda?

Bone-building exercise (Image)
Exercise plays an important role in the retention of bone density in the aging person. Studies show that exercises requiring muscles to pull on bones cause the bones to retain and possibly gain density.

Osteoporosis Overview (Illustrated)
Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. There are currently an estimated 10 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis, as well as another 18 million who have low bone mass, or osteopenia. Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, or when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.

Compression fractures of the back
In a compression fracture of the vertebrae, the bone tissue of the vertebral body collapses. More than one vertebra may be affected. This condition may be caused by osteoporosis (the most common cause), tumor, or trauma to the back. (Illustrated)

Hip fractures (Image)
Hip fractures occur as a result of major or minor trauma. In elderly patients with bones weakened by osteoporosis, relatively little trauma, even walking, may result in a hip fracture.

Acute vs. chronic conditions (Image)
Acute conditions are severe and sudden in onset. This could describe anything from a broken bone to an asthma attack. A chronic condition, by contrast is a long-developing syndrome, such as osteoporosis or asthma. Note that osteoporosis, a chronic condition, may cause a broken bone, an acute condition.

Scoliosis - Kyphoscoliosis
Scoliosis is a lateral (away from the middle) or sideways curvature of the spine. Kyphoscoliosis involves abnormal front-to-back curvature, with a "rounded back" appearance.

What You Need to Know About Steroid Drug-Induced Osteoporosis
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable. Glucocorticoids (steroids) are the most common cause of drug-induced osteoporosis.

Wrist Fracture - What You Need To Know
The most common type of fracture before age 75 is wrist fracture.

Kyphosis - Roundback - Hunchback
Kyphosis is a curving of the spine that causes a bowing of the back, which leads to a hunchback or slouching posture. In adults, kyphosis can be a result of osteoporotic compression fractures (fractures caused by osteoporosis), degenerative disease (such as arthritis), or spondylolisthesis (slipping of one vertebra forward on another).

Smoking and Osteoporosis: How Smoking Affects Osteoporosis
Many of the health problems caused by the use of tobacco are well known. Studies have also identified smoking as a risk factor for osteoporosis, bone loss and bone fractures.

Osteoporosis and Nutrition: The Role of Calcium and Other Nutrients
Nutrition is one of many factors that influence osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Prevention: The Role of Calcium and Vitamin D
The foods we eat contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy. Two nutrients in particular — calcium and vitamin D — are needed for strong bones.

Calcium Supplements - What You Should Look for in Calcium Supplements?
Calcium supplements are available without a prescription in a wide range of preparations and strengths, which can make selecting one a confusing experience. Many people ask which calcium supplement they should take. The “best” calcium supplements are those that meet your needs.

Do I Need a Bone Density Test?
A bone density test can tell your risk of osteoporosis.

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