A New Bone Density Testing Method

New bone density testing method could reveal early signs of osteoporosis. (Credit: Louise Coutts, University of Southampton)

Researchers are exploring a new bone density testing method that involves a needle being pushed into the shin bone. A new device is being developed that can analyze the "give" or pliability of the bone. Researchers are testing the small hand-held device to build the database necessary to have enough comparison points for a conclusive analysis to be made and … [Read more...]

Too Much Vitamin D?

Between the sunlight and vegetable sources, how do we know when we have had too much vitamin D?   "I am going outside to get some vitamin D." As the quest for a darker tan has become less popular through a greater understanding of skin cancer, other sunlight-linked health aspects have risen in importance. Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients human … [Read more...]

Top 5 Osteoporosis Priorities

Here is a list of the top 5 osteoporosis priorities for anyone who learns that they have this condition: 1. Understand your DXA scan sheet A better understanding of the situation is at the top of the list for the top 5 osteoporosis priorities. Frequent physician will order a DXA scan, and send patients to a lab for the scan to be completed. Once receiving the results … [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...]

Can a DXA Scan Predict Fracture?

Can a DXA scan predict fracture? The need for researchers to modify what is currently done with DXA scans to increase accuracy.   As bone density declines, many other functions of the body suffer. Bone stores and manages the most vital mineral to, being calcium, and also generates our red and white blood cells. For the past 50 years DXA scan technology has … [Read more...]

Bone Health- Bone Density Treatment Options

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Many osteoporosis treatment and prevention protocols address the symptoms of osteoporosis, as opposed to the root problem of declining bone cell regeneration. The following is a list of treatment protocols along with an explanation of how they work, as well as the positive aspects and negative aspects of each.   Osteoporosis Treatment: Bisphosphonate … [Read more...]

Bone Spurs and Osteoporosis

A related disorder to osteoporosis, bone spurs can add pain and discomfort to an already compromised individual   With osteoporosis, bone tissue becomes more porous and is therefore more prone to fracture. Since 97% of the bodies calcium is stored within bone, and leeched into the body when needed for other systems to function, osteoporosis can have other … [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...]

Bone Mass Loss and Lactation

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Understanding the link between mammary tissue, and its bone mass density loss that can lead to osteoporosis Researchers at the University of Cincinnati recently have published research identifying the neurotransmitter, serotonin as a factor in bone mass density loss/retention. The receptor that can affect bone mass density loss with this neurotransmitter is within the … [Read more...]

Calcium and Osteoporosis

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“I take calcium so I don’t have to worry about osteoporosis.” There are actually 17 nutrients that are critical for bone health, and calcium is just one of them. Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in the body, and is responsible for many things beyond bone. These include but are not limited to, nervous system function, regulation of heart rate, development of … [Read more...]