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Can Anyone Get Osteoporosis
Yes anyone can, but-: Everyone will start losing bone density usually after their 20's. However, not everyone will get osteoporosis (bone loss to the point of being at higher risk for hip or back factures.) how quickly you lose it will depend on gender, family history, race, medications taken (especially corticosteroids), weight bearing exercises performed in the past and performing now, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES!: Yes, men can get osteoporosis. Men at increased risk are those who have been treated with certain medicines including steroids (prednisone) or medicines to treat prostate problems or cancer. Thin men or men with a family history are also at risk. Men can have the same testing as women to determine if they have osteoporosis, it is a simple xray test called a bone density or dexa scan. Get tested! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Several factors increase your risk for osteoporosis and subsequent fracture at an early age: premature menopause, certain medications (pronged steroids, excessive thyroid supplementation, aromatase inhibitors), certain medical conditions (hyperparathyroidism, celiac sprue, rheumatoid arthritis), excessive alcohol use, smoking, eating disorders, and physical inactivity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of risk for seizures. It is common and usually easy to manage. There is no reason to fear the diagnosis. You need to appreciate the special skills that neurologists need to properly manage patients with epilepsy. We expect our patients to lead normal lives. ...Read more
Not always possible: Hi. Assuming no diseases that cause bone loss, you can help prevent osteoporosis with adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, healthy diet, weight-bearing exercise, and no smoking. There are drugs that can be used to help prevent osteoporosis in the setting of osteopenia, including bisphosphonates, the SERM raloxifene (in women), and estrogen use (in women). As a 25 yo man, your risk is very low. ...Read more
Variable: Sperm banks pay variable amounts from about $50-$150. However, most men do not qualify to become sperm donors. Sperm banks are very sophisticated about choosing men who fit a profile that will be desired by infertile women/couples. Additionally, the man must pass medical screening which includes history of self and family, infectious diseases and genetics. Not a simple process. ...Read more
You usually can't: Osteosarcoma is a very rare cancer. Of 300 million people in the us, there are about 800 cases a year. Usually it occurs randomly, but rare cases are due to genetic disorders, preexisting benign conditions (paget's etc.) or radiation. Other than avoiding radiation, there is not much you can do. That being said, the chances of getting osteosarcoma in the first place are very low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: We dont know why people get cancer in the bone. Secondary cancer from other primary cancer spreading to the bone is more common that cancer that originates from the bone. We don't know how to prevent primary bone cancer. But what you can do is to have a healthy lifestyle and habits (dont smoke/drink alcohol)update your cancer screening tests recommended-i.e. Papsmear, mammogram, colonoscopy etc. ...Read more
Encouragement: You can't force anyone into treatment unless they are a danger to themselves or others. It is best to encourage them to get treatment. www.nami.org is a good support organization for mental illness. They have groups in about every state. Perhaps going to a meeting together and getting more education and treatment options may help. ...Read more
Obesity & Genetics.: If you're genetically prone to obesity, you're kinda stuck. You can't change your genetic makeup, but you can minimize its impact through eating properly, exercising regularly, and never smoking. Keep your weight down and don't take being slim for granted, as being lax will let your weight creep right up again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any age: True sciatica comes from the inflammation of the nerves in the lumbar spine that create pain going down the leg. If you just have back pain going into the buttock region (not sciatica), that can be si (sacroiliac) joint dysfunction/mechanical low back pain. Any strain of the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the low back can cause regional pain. Ice/heat, stretching, otc Ibuprofen help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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