Bone Health- Bone Density Treatment Options

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...]

Osteoporosis

Determining Factors of Bone Density Sentence#2 The skeletal framework of the body bears mechanical loading of movement, moves the body via muscular attachment, and supports the organs of the body.  (This should be the opening sentence)#1 Bone (our skeletal framework) is an amazing tissue. Sent.#3 It can be as strong as metal structure while as light as wood.  Sent.#6 When … [Read more...]

Calcium and Osteoporosis

“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...]

Exercise and Bone Health

"I exercise, so I don't have to worry about osteoporosis." The mechanics of running include a heel strike impact resulting in 3 to 4 times as much force as the body weight of the individual depending on speed (Heinonen, et al., 1996). For this reason, more injuries result from running or impact type fitness activity than non-weight bearing exercise. This has forced … [Read more...]

Medications for Osteoporosis (Bisphosphonates)

Bisphosphonates Facts and Risks The following is a summary of existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications, and their known side effects: Some of the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs are Bisphosphonates. These are the most common drugs prescribed by physicians for osteoporosis treatment. These drugs are antiresorptive … [Read more...]

Osteoporosis Medications (Non-Bisphosphonates)

Non-Bisphosphonates Facts and Risks The following are side effects of the non-bisphosphonate drugs on the market. The two drugs listed here are the most commonly prescribed in this category, but others are currently in development, and could potentially be released soon. Raloxifene (Evista) is an osteoporosis medication. The following is the list of side effects … [Read more...]

Calcium and Bone Mass

Calcium, dietary needs, and the building blocks of bone mass As calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, delivering dietary sources is important for healthy functioning of the body. The following will identify dietary sources of calcium first in natural sources, then options for supplementation. Natural sources are always preferred, but not always convenient … [Read more...]

Vitamins D, and K for Bone Health

The glue that holds calcium in place When building a house, nails are required, but nails are not all that is required. If a construction crew showed up at a building site with only nails, but no hammers, wood, or concrete, the house could never be built. Millions of middle-aged elderly individuals take calcium supplements for the purpose of osteoporosis avoidance, … [Read more...]

Osteoporosis and DXA Scans

Osteoporosis and DXA Scans: How is Osteoporosis Detected? Early detection of osteoporosis requires a bone density test. This is because there are no warning signs for osteoporosis in its early stages other then bone fracture. In an effort to avoid osteoporotic or osteopenia related fracture, the testing of bone mass density is required. The most common test is called … [Read more...]

DXA Scan. How Often

What is a DXA scan? How often should I have a DXA scan? A DXA scan is test of X-ray absorbiometry by sending two X-rays into a bone from different directions, each of which is of a different energy level. The level of absorption dictates the level of density or porosity the bone may have.  Though there are other methods of testing bone mass density, the DXA scan is the … [Read more...]