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Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Genetic or not: Brittle bone disease is an inherited disorder of bone that is called osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are disease of the bone where there is decrease density of the bone. This is associated with age, hormonal change, medications, smoking and other issues. Basically the bone cells are out of balance and take away more bone than they replace. ...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


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Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Spine & hips mostly: With osteoporosis, most any bone might be affected, but mostly fractures tend to occur in the spine and upper leg bones (hips). If you are a woman 65 years or older, or have other risk factors like being thin, check with your primary health provider to see about being screened for osteoporosis. A good source for proven prevention tips is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Is chicken bone marrow good for health ?

Is chicken bone marrow good for health ?

Yes, esp. if organic: Not only is chicken marrow healthy, but so is marrow from other bones like fish & beef, usually consumed as bone broth soups. These can improve bone & joint health, immune function etc. See www.Townsendletter.Com/febmarch2005/broth0205.Htm however, i strongly advise using bones from organic chicken to avoid hormones, antibiotics, pesticide residues & animals fed genetically modified foods. ...Read more

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Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Not by itself: A low bone density usually indicates osteoporosis but a small number of people may have osteomalacia, a condition in which there may be a normal amount of bone but it is poorly minerlized. Bllod tests can distinguish the two problems. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for osteoporosis, weak bones fractures, bone thinning?

Is there a natural cure for osteoporosis, weak bones fractures, bone thinning?

Nothing fast: Calcium and vitamin d and weight bearing exercise can strengthen bones. However, these treatments take a long time to improve bone health. If you have significant osteoporosis, they likely will not work fast enough to prevent fractures. There is no natural treatment that can rapidly treat osteoporosis. Hormone therapy in postmenopausal women can help, but most don't consider this natural. ...Read more

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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?

Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for. If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more

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Any links between high bone density and bone cancer?

Any links between high bone density and bone cancer?

Bone spread: Several types of cancer produce a local increase in bone density if they invade bone. The most common type is prostate cancer. Cancers developing in bone may also produce a local increase in density. ...Read more

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Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Collagen issue: Sounds more like a collagen issue. Unfortunately there not a treatment for poor collagen like there is for osteo-porosis. Still worth getting bone density, electrolytes, and hormones checked. (thyroid, para thyroid). ...Read more

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How does evista (raloxifene) increase bone density?

Lowering bone loss: Bone is constantly being broken down for repair and being rebuilt. Evista, (raloxifene) which in bone is similar to estrogen, slows down the cells that breakdown bone, the formation or rebuilding continues so that the density increases. ...Read more

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Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response). ...Read more

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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause a TMJ bone disorder?

Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause a TMJ bone disorder?

Doubtful: I know of fosamx causing other issues in the head and neck area but never heard it causing specific pathology's of the tmj. If there is TMJ discomfort and Fosamax (alendronate) is involved, it could be a domino effect and the drug didn't actually cause tmj, but TMJ symptoms came about from another pathology. ...Read more

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Does boniva (ibandronate) and other drugs for osteoporosis really grow dead bone?

Does boniva (ibandronate) and other drugs for osteoporosis really grow dead bone?

No: First, with osteoporosis, the bone i not dead it is only decreased in amount bone is living and has the ability to heal. People with osteoporosis will heal a fracture. Boniva (ibandronate) slows the rate of bone loss but does not stimulate the growth of new bone. However, since the body continues to make bone, the density usually goes up with Boniva (ibandronate) and similar meds. Few treatments have proven to make new bone. ...Read more

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What is bone resorption and bone formation defect if osteoporosis?

What is bone resorption and bone formation defect if osteoporosis?

One process is: Greater. In osteoporosis, bone resorption is more prevalent then bone formation. As a result, a negative bone balance occurs and bone loss will occur and over time osteopenia or osteoporosis will occur. Medications such as Fosamax and Boniva (ibandronate) slow down bone resorption. ...Read more

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Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

No: Generally, a bone deficiency or osteoporosis is not a a cause of bone spurs (AKA osteophytes) but age related degeneration (osteoarthritis and/or tendinosis) is. ...Read more

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Women's loss of bone density inevitable?

Women's loss of bone density inevitable?

Can be slowed so not: It an be slowed so not a problem. The loss of trophic hormones for bone, hgh, estrogen, and also the usual decline in physical activity contribute to bone loss. The most important issue is a woman's peak bone mass between 20-25yrs. There will be a decline, but this can be slowed with calcium, vit d, and exercise. Hormones or other medications may be a good idea after menopause. ...Read more

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Will chemotherapy affect bone density?

Will chemotherapy affect bone density?

Maybe: Anti-estrogen therapy for breast cancer, and androgen-deprivation therapy for prostate cancer can lead to decreases in bone density. Steroids, often used to treat cancers, or to control some side-effects of cancer, can also lead to decreased bone density. ...Read more

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Can osteocare heal bone fracture?

Can osteocare heal bone fracture?

I googled it: And found a supplement. Supplements are great for those who have deficiency in that area, but they dont add anything for most healthy individuals. Excess calcium ends up your .. Toilet. Not to say that there arent those who need calcium and vitamin supplements but the mechainsm of bone healing isnt influenced by unless there is a knowm metabolic issue or dietary deficiency. ...Read more

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Is actonel (risedronate) good for osteoporosis?

Is actonel (risedronate) good for osteoporosis?

Acto-no: In my experience the patented drudeveloped to improve the bine density scan have not proven to prevent bone fractires. In fact, the black box warning states that these drugs cause brittle bone and increases risk of fracture. The ultimate goal in medicine is to get clinical outcomes while doing no harm. Bio identical hormone replacement has been proven to both produce bone & and stop bone loss. ...Read more

Dr. Victor Beshay
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Bone Health (Definition)

Bone health is a topic that includes prevention and treatment of osteopenia/osteoporosis (thinning of bones due to loss of calcium in bones), proper diets, adequate exercise, safety programs to prevent falls, testing ...Read more


Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more