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A 45-year-old member asked:

what's it mean to have bone loss?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Less bone: We build and lose bone everyday. We build more than we lose until we're around 30 years old. Then we start losing more than we build. Over time, this leads to osteopenia, then osteoporosis, which increases the risk of fracture.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bone weakening: Osteopenia(bone loas) can lead to osteoporosis. Bones are made up of a matrix like a "knitted sweater" that have the center spaces filled in with calcium wich makes it hard"like a concrete slab with rebar". The bones are easily breakable without the spaces filled in and spontaneous wrist or hip fractures occur commonly in older women with severe bone loss.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of bone loss.?

2 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Varies: Bone loss features can vary. People may be asymptomatic to painful if associated with bone fractures. Bone mineral density (bmd) testing looks at bone quantitative amount. It does not determine bone quality. The quantity and quality of bone determine strength. Bone loss may be prevented/treated by bisphosphonates, denosumab, impact exercise, calcium, vitamin d.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there things I can do myself to treat bone loss?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Make sure that your daily calcium and vitamin d ingestion meets the recommended requirements. Additionally, weight bearing or anti-gravitational exercise such as walking is a good way to prevent further bone loss and stimulate new bone formation.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the tests that indicate bone loss?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
DXA: A bone density test, (aka dual energy x-ray absorptiometry or dxa) is like a special x-ray and measures how much bone is in the spine, hip and sometimes wrist.
Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
In addition to the DXA, there are some urine and blood tests (like urine NTX and blood CTX) that can measure how quickly bone is actually being lost, even before enough has been lost to show up in the DXA results. The DXA will show how much bone mineral has already been lost at the time of the test.
Apr 27, 2012
A 51-year-old member asked:

What symptoms suggest bone loss?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Usually none: Bone loss, which eventually leads to osteoporosis and osteopenia , does not cause symptoms. It does, however, increase the risk of fracture. A bone density test, or dxa, can determine if there is bone loss.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of oral bone loss==grinding?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Gum disease or: Gum disease and osteoporosis can cause oral bone loss.

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