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Dr. Robert Lang
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Bone Density (Overview)

Bone density (or bone mineral density) is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. Bone density (or bmd) is used in clinical medicine as an indirect indicator of osteoporosis and fracture risk.


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What affects bone density?

What affects bone density?

Genes, hormones: Bone density is determined initially by inherited genes, If a parent has low bone density there is a 50% chance each child may also. In women estrogen deficiency causes bone loss. In men testosterone deficiency causes bone loss. Vitamin D deficiency results in poor absorption of calcium and causes bone loss and/or poorly mineralized bone. Steroids, excess alcohol and cigarettes also. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lang
1,161 Doctors shared insights

Bone Density (Overview)

Bone density (or bone mineral density) is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. Bone density (or bmd) is used in clinical medicine as an indirect indicator of osteoporosis and fracture risk.


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Can you regain bone density?

Can you regain bone density?

Yes: Adequate nutrition and weight bearing exercise, adequate calcium and vit d intake, and some prescription drugs (teriparitide, . ..) can help you regain bone density. ...Read more

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Why is bone density important?

Why is bone density important?

For multiple reasons: Achieving the potential peak bone mass during adolescence, and maintaining it during the adulthood is very important for preventing future fractures. There are many diseases, medications, lifestyle habits, and food components can adversely affect the bone density and the bone quality leading to fragility (osteoporotic) fractures. If one takes proactive actions, most of these are preventable. ...Read more

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How do you improve bone density?

How do you improve bone density?

Complicated Question: Depends on age & gender of the person. To improve/maintain bone mineral density, adults need daily, total calcium of ~1, 200 mg, ~2, 000 iu vitamin d, protein, 1 g/kg body wt., & adequate weight-bearing exercises. Fast-walking is the best form of exercise. In the absence of current bone loss or expecting bone loss (disease, medication, surgery), pharmacological therapies are not essential for most. ...Read more

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Should men get bone density tests?

Should men get bone density tests?

Yes: If there is physical evidence for thin bones as when a man's bones look thin on x-ray or there is a history of fracture with minor injury or there has been a loss of 1.5 inches of height, or if there are other risks for osteoporosis such as long-term treatment with steroids like Prednisone or hormonal treatment for prostate cancer or hyperparathyroidism, DEXA scan absolutely should be done. ...Read more

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Could bone density go up and down?

Could bone density go up and down?

Bone density: Yes, by stopping/starting various things that can affect bone density: medications, dietary changes, level of activity and exercise, and others. ...Read more

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What is the cure of low bone density?

What is the cure of low bone density?

Not all need a cure.: Calcium and vit d help maintain good bones but studies have not shown they reverse osteopenia in most people. Age 50-60 is when most bone density is lost. After age 50 the loss slows down and many women do not need treatment in this age group. There are a number of medicines for women with significant bone loss, osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How does exercise affect bone density?

How does exercise affect bone density?

Incr bone formation: Evidence shows that exercise help build and maintain bone density at any age. Studies have seen bone density increase by doing regular resistance exercises such as lifting weights for 20mi, 2-3 times a week. This type of weight-\bearing exercise appears to stimulate bone formation via bone stimulation through muscle contraction.Space zero gravity is an example of how bone density can be diminished. ...Read more

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Can advacal help increase bone density?

Can advacal help increase bone density?

Maybe: Some asshole is about you believe to be true there are no wifi approved that is a supportive ...Read more

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What can cause low bone density in a child?

What can cause low bone density in a child?

Lots of things: To name a few: chronic disease, chronic corticosteroid and some other drug use, metabolic bone disease, genetic diseases involving bone, poor nutrition, hyperthyroidism, gonadal failure, etc. ...Read more

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How can somebody increase his bone density?

How can somebody increase his bone density?

Avoid those: Things which can decrease bone density such as tobacco, alcohol, inactivity, muscular disorders, arthritis, certain medication such as seizure drugs/cortisone/etc, lung of liver disease. To increase bone density make sure calcium and vitamin d intake are adequate and use weight bearing exercise and keep active. Also, if density low, avoid potential accidents/trauma. Talk w/doc re sex hormone defic. ...Read more

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Can low bone density cause pain on activity?

Can low bone density cause pain on activity?

Maybe: It can if you have a stress fracture due to overuse. Then it is usually pain in a certain location. General diffuse pain not usualky seen. You are young and should look into why you have low bone density. ...Read more

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What are the methods of measuring bone density?

DXA: They employ a dual-energy absorptiometry, or DXA also referred to as DEXA scan using very little radiation. You get a ty score and the lower your score, the weaker your bones are and the risk for fracture is greater. ...Read more

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What is bone density drop - what is big or not?

What is bone density drop - what is big or not?

If it puts: You at risk for fracture, it's a very big potential problem. It depends upon where you started, how much the drop is, and where you end up. Talk it over with your doctor re: fracture risk calculators. ...Read more

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Does bone density get greater if you work out a lot?

Does bone density get greater if you work out a lot?

Yes: Doing physical activity promotes bone building by adding stress to bone. Bone under stress will cause the bone cells to add calcium making bone denser and stronger. ...Read more

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Do white people have a higer bone density than black?

NO: Even correcting for other factors like diet, etc, blacks and other darker skinned races start with a higher bone density. Caucasians and asians are at higher risk for developing osteoporosis. However, other factors can predispose even darker races to osteoporosis like sedentary life style, poor diet, alcohol, certain drugs amongst others. Men can also develop osteoporosis form multiple factors. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more