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Whys bone mass important?

Whys bone mass important?

It's a bank account: We stop adding to our bone mass by the end of our late 20's/early 30's. After that it is a slow decrease in bone mass. Bone mass can decrease to the point where you bone breaks under relatively normal loads. This is commonly known as osteoporosis/fragility fractures and can happen in the hip, wrists, and spine. It is important to maintain as much bone mass as possible to avoid those fractures. ...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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How can I tell if my bone mass is decreasing?

How can I tell if my bone mass is decreasing?

DEXA scan: There are several methods available with the most common being a dexa scan measuring the lower or lumbar spine and hip bone densities and comparing these findings to an established table of normal findings. ...Read more

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Do soft drinks cause loss of bone mass in kids?

Do soft drinks cause loss of bone mass in kids?

Some ok, some not...: I agree with not drinking soft-drinks with sugar, a major issue in childhood obesity. While drinks like 7-up, sprite, & gingerale, provide no bone loss, it is well shown that drinking beverages with more than carbonated water, which are soft drinks containg phosphoric acid (colas, dr. Peppers) do cause a net loss of calcium in urine. At best, they should be occasional. ...Read more

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How could a cancerous condition in the body be related to the development of severe reduction in bone mass?

How could a cancerous condition in the body be related to the development of severe reduction in bone mass?

Steroids: Some tumors produce acth like chemical that increases production of corticostoids and the later cause bone loss. Other facots may be cancer related cachexia, inadequte intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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Which has the potential to increase bone mass density the most, strength training (1-5 reps) or hypertrophy (8-12 reps). I use a pair of dumbbells?

Which has the potential to increase bone mass density the most, strength training (1-5 reps) or hypertrophy (8-12 reps). I use a pair of dumbbells?

Weight bearing: Weight bearing exercise, such as walking, is the best form of exercise to increase bone mass density. Strength training and hypertrophic exercises can increase muscle strength and size, respectively, and may be somewhat helpful for increasing bone mass density, but the exercise method of choice is weight bearing. Carrying weight while walking can increase benefit. ...Read more

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26yo male 178cm 118.5kg living at malaysia. Just got back from clinic with my BMR reading 2295kcal and bone mass 3.9kg. May i know what it means?

26yo male 178cm 118.5kg living at malaysia. Just got back from clinic with my  BMR reading 2295kcal and bone mass 3.9kg. May i know what it means?

Calculations: Your BMR is the calculated estimate of your basal metabolic rate, or daily calories used by your body--so a diet specific to you would be about 500 less, or 1800/day. Bone mass is the calculated % of your total weight attributable to your bones. ...Read more

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How to increase muscle and bone mass?

How to increase muscle and bone mass?

Restore hormones: Hormones at normal levels and in balance are vital both for bone health and for muscle building. Find a functional medicine doctor locally to help you evaluate and replace them properly by going to a4m.Com and using doctor locator function. ...Read more

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I have multiple bone lesions and also soft tissue mass near my spine and ilium what are the chances this is multiple myloma?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes. Certainly the concern for a neoplastic condition would be a consideration. A serum protein electrophoresis can usually give a good idea about whether it is multiple myeloma. A biopsy would certainly be the definitive test. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have a small ball or mass under my chin next to my jaw bone, it moves around and hurts bad, what could this be?

I have a small ball or mass under my chin next to my jaw bone, it moves around and hurts bad, what could this be?

Gland, cyst, node: Most common palpable nodules in relationship to the jaw would include salivary glands, cysts of the salivary glands and lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are usually tender with acute enlargment and are associated with an infection or ulceration in the mouth. Salivary glands can have acute infection and enlargement due to saliva back up associated with salivary stones or bacterial infections. ...Read more

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