Bisphosphonates: Things You Need To Know

image via: flickr.comBisphosphonates are a class of medication used to treat bone disorders. They work by slowing down the cells that break your bones down and put you at risk for bone fractures. This allows the cells responsible for building your bones up to work more efficiently. They are commonly prescribed to adults taking steroids such as Prednisone, which comes with … [Read more...]

5 Best Vitamin D Supplements

Vitamin D is a substance that humans cannot live without. Vitamin D is both a nutrient and a hormone and for those who are deficient in vitamin D, selecting the best vitamin D supplement can be a daunting task. This article examines and evaluates the five best vitamin D supplements available without a prescription. Postmenopausal women, for example, are one population who … [Read more...]

Essential Information: What Are the Types of Bone Tissue?

The human skeletal system consists of varying bone types that each play a special role in our bodies. They help with movement and to support our bodies. There are two types of bone tissue; compact and spongy (also called. Their density differs by how closely the cells they contain are packed.Over 75% of all bone tissue is compact bone. Compact bone cells, also called … [Read more...]

The Arthritis and Bone Density Relationship

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

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

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...]