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...]

Hypogonadism and Osteoporosis in Men

Decreases in physical performance can adversely the effect bone mass density What is Hypogonadism Typically as males age past the second decade of life, decreases in sexual function and sexual hormone (testosterone) production begin. Hypogonadism is the medical term for this decrease past the bottom of what is considered normal production of testosterone by the … [Read more...]

Bone: Battery of the Body

Calcium Storage and the Impact of Maximizing Calcium in the Body Calcium is required for the proper functioning all of the central nervous system, muscular tissue, kidneys, and the heart. As all systems of the body are controlled by the central nervous system, both conscious and subconscious, calcium is one of the most important minerals in the body. Approximately 99% … [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...]

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...]