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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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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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Dr. Robert Lang
1,152 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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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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Managing Hyperthyroidism (Tip)

Managing Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism increases your risk of cardiac arrhythmia and bone loss leading to osteoporosis. ...See more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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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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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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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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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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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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Can advacal help increase bone density?

Maybe: If your intake of calcium is low, any calcium supplement will increase your bone density. The difference in raising bone density between the various calcium supplements is clinically not significant. There is a big difference in price and some supplements have been reported to contain lead. Better products will state that they have been independently tested for heavy metals. ...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