The Arthritis and Bone Density Relationship

It is important to understand arthritis and bone density and how they relate to each other.

Arthritis and bone density degradation have a relationship. When pain is sensed in a joint your body can limit loading on bone in that given area. There is often a vicious cycle of deconditioning associated with aging. It starts with pain in joints, which limits the ability for muscles to contract to their full potential. When muscles cannot engage, they shrink, … [Read more...]

Reading a DXA Scan

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Don't be a victim of not knowing your situation, look at the below description of items on reading a DXA Scan. Understanding what is happening can help you understand how to fix the problem.   The Primary Measure for Reading a DXA Scan When reading a DXA scan, locate the section heading, "T score." This number compares the individual's T score with the average bone … [Read more...]

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: Looking at one of the more painful and life altering side effects of many osteoporosis medications.   The word "Osteonecrosis" in Latin means bone death. This condition is caused by diminishing blood supply to the particular area of bone. Though most commonly diagnosed in the hip, shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and ankle, as a side … [Read more...]

Uniqueness of a Fosamax Fracture

Individuals who take bisphosphonate medications, such as Fosamax still have a risk of a fracture… A Fosamax fracture. Recently, the medical community has been discussing the uniqueness of bone fracture with individuals who take bisphosphonate medications for osteoporosis. These observations have brought some to the conclusion that the mechanisms of bisphosphonate … [Read more...]

Anorexia and Osteoporosis

The longer term effects of eating disorders are being better understood, specifically the relationship between anorexia and osteoporosis. Anorexia nervosa (in discussion often shortened to "anorexia") is an eating disorder based on an obsessive fear of weight gain manifested by extreme caloric deficit and malnutrition. People with this disorder believe that they are … [Read more...]

Gluten-free Diet and Osteoporosis

How does a diet void of wheat and wheat based products effect bone mass density?   Celiac disease is categorized as an allergic reaction to wheat and wheat based products (gluten) causing fatigue, and poor function of the digestive system. This condition is also referred to as intolerance to gluten. Patients with this diagnosis can suffer a decreased amount of … [Read more...]

A Link Between Osteoporosis and Depression

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Recent research has made a link between low bone mineral density and depression An array of studies is now showing that individuals with depression may also be at risk of osteoporosis. This can include younger females who are premenopausal as well as males who suffer from depression, even though osteoporosis affects more females that males. individuals with osteoporosis … [Read more...]

Geographic Variance in Fracture Risk

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Variance in Fracture Risk: Where you live may affect your bone density and chances of osteoporosis Bordeaux, France, March 21, 2012 - The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Group on Epidemiology and Quality of Life, has published in the journal Osteoporosis International, an extensive study of region-specific hip fracture risk and 10-year likelihood of a … [Read more...]

Tobacco, Bone and Osteoporosis

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It's not just your heart and lungs that are punished by a smoking habit Identifying the risks of tobacco use has been done by research scientists and reported by numerous media outlets, scientific journals, and even popular films are touching the subject. Most often tobacco use, depending if chewed or smoked, can increase the risks of lip and gum cancer, heart … [Read more...]

Achilles: A New Method in Testing for Osteoporosis

Many places around the world cannot have DXA scanning available for their entire population, for cost and logistical reasons, however a new technology has been developed to address this The Difficulty of DXA Though the Dual-energy X-ray Absorption (DXA) scan is considered the gold standard for bone mass density testing, it is often an expensive test to order. As … [Read more...]