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Do Painkillers Affect Bone Density
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
Can improve: Resistance exercise and weight bearing exercise stimulate bone growth and improve bone density. Non weight bearing exercise such as bicycling and swimming are great exercises but won't improve bone density like resistance and weight bearing exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not really: Generally, there are three groups of analgesics: tylenol-like compounds, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and narcotic analgesic agents. The use of normally-recommended doses does not seem to affect the bone density or increase fracture risks. However, excessive use will affects both via multiple mechanisms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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