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Do painkillers affect bone density?

Do painkillers affect bone density?

No: But some medicines, notably the h2 blockers like Cimetidine and the proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, can reduce calcium absorption. Some studies have suggested this can lead to increased fracture risk in the long run. ...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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I'm confused by the bone density t score?

I'm confused by the bone density t score?

Relates to max dense: T score compares patient to age/sex/race matched individuals at age 32 (or so)-peak bone density. Relates to statistcs, bell shaped curve. Nl is (-)1 standard deviation and better (top 80+%). Low bone mass (osteopenia) (-)1.0-(-) 2.5 std dev (about #5-20 in a classof 100); osteoporosis (-)2.5 or more (bottom of the class). These vary with age, sex, race. Z score compares pt to same age, sex, race. ...Read more

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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?

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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Could bone density go up and down?

Could bone density go up and down?

Bone density: Yes, by stopping/starting various things that can affect bone density: medications, dietary changes, level of activity and exercise, and others. ...Read more

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What is the cure of low bone density ?

What is the cure of low bone density ?

Not all need a cure.: Calcium and vit d help maintain good bones but studies have not shown they reverse osteopenia in most people. Age 50-60 is when most bone density is lost. After age 50 the loss slows down and many women do not need treatment in this age group. There are a number of medicines for women with significant bone loss, osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How can somebody increase his bone density?

How can somebody increase his bone density?

Avoid those: Things which can decrease bone density such as tobacco, alcohol, inactivity, muscular disorders, arthritis, certain medication such as seizure drugs/cortisone/etc, lung of liver disease. To increase bone density make sure calcium and vitamin d intake are adequate and use weight bearing exercise and keep active. Also, if density low, avoid potential accidents/trauma. Talk w/doc re sex hormone defic. ...Read more

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What is bone density drop - what is big or not?

What is bone density drop - what is big or not?

If it puts: You at risk for fracture, it's a very big potential problem. It depends upon where you started, how much the drop is, and where you end up. Talk it over with your doctor re: fracture risk calculators. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bone density?

What is the definition or description of: bone density?

Bone minral density: 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. ...Read more

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What are foods that are good for increasing bone density?

What are foods that are good for increasing bone density?

Bone density: Foods are not the answer. You need a reasonable amount of calcium daily - milk is good for your bones. You also need 1000 or 2000 units of vitamin D a day. They are inexpensive over the counter. Put that all aside. Have you had a bone density test yet - not common or necessary before menopause unless you have clinical evidence of bone loss. ...Read more

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Is walking good for bone density?

Is walking good for bone density?

Yes: Any weight bearing exercise has been shown to preserve bone density. Walking is good, but activities like water aerobics & swimming are non-weight bearing and will not help bone health. One of the problems astronauts face is bone density reduction because of prolonged weightlessness. Look for activities that get you up on your feet-golf, dancing, tennis are a few to keep your bones healthy. ...Read more

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Do analgesics affect bone density?

Do analgesics affect bone density?

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 more

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Can you build bone density by swimming?

Can you build bone density by swimming?

Some not much : One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass. Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking or running is better for building/ maintaining bone than non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming. ...Read more

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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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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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Can fluoride decrease bone density?

Depends on exposure: Interesting question. It has been a long standing observation that over exposure to Fluoride can lead to decrease in bone density and increased overall fracture rate, however and interestingly enough, limited exposure actually increases bone density (mainly in trabecular bone such as spine). Even so, the increased density does not correspond to increased bone strength. ...Read more

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Bone Density (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Painkiller (Definition)

"painkiller" is a general term and not a medical term. Literally, it is something that "kills" the pain. That can include just about anything that ...Read more