Bone Density and Space Travel

Gravity it keeps you on the ground, and keeps your bones healthy   In 1892, Dr. Julius Wolff reported the changes that are made in bone based on loading that is placed on the body. Most specifically, by placing the highest tolerable loads on the skeletal structure in an axial format. This means load placed on the long bones of the body, from one end to the other, … [Read more...]

Women and Exercise for Bone Density Generation

Exercise can often be the best way to treat many adverse physical conditions, however for bone health, finding the right exercise may be difficult   Often, women engage in resistance training to improve their health, but almost as often are limited by the safety and non-practicality of conventional resistance training. Conventional resistance training is effective … [Read more...]

Activity and Health vs. Risk of Injury: Cause for Osteoporosis

How risk aversion and lifestyle-change contributes greatly to osteoporosis, and osteopenia development As individuals age, activities that involve loading the body (e.g. lifting heavy objects, running, jumping, etc.) become, in the minds of almost every individual, increasingly associated with the risk of injury. When a child or young adult is injured, he or she can … [Read more...]

Magnesium, It’s Not Just a Shiny Rock

Calcium Absorption, and Bone Health   Dietary magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body, and is critical for maintaining muscular strength, absorption of calcium into bone mass, normal heart function, and relieving nervous system irritation. Studies have shown that seniors with higher magnesium levels have greater muscular strength. For bone … [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...]

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...]