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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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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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How does exercise affect bone density?

How does exercise affect bone density?

Incr bone formation: Evidence shows that exercise help build and maintain bone density at any age. Studies have seen bone density increase by doing regular resistance exercises such as lifting weights for 20mi, 2-3 times a week. This type of weight-\bearing exercise appears to stimulate bone formation via bone stimulation through muscle contraction.Space zero gravity is an example of how bone density can be diminished. ...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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Xray: When they say "loss of bone height" and or "demineralization", do they mean bone loss?

Xray: When they say "loss of bone height" and or "demineralization", do they mean bone loss?

Bone: Hi. "Loss of height" usually refers to vertebral compression fractures. "Demineralization" is in the spectrum of bone mineralization that a bone density test measures. Human bone reaches peak mineralization at ~ age 30 for men & women, and is lost progressively after that (further accelerated loss at menopause for women). Fracture risk is lowest at peak bone mass at age ~30, & increases with loss. ...Read more

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How do hormones regulate bone remodeling and osteoporosis?

How do hormones regulate bone remodeling and osteoporosis?

Yes hormones work: Female hormones increase bone density, and the maximum increase is between 9 to 15 years of age. Loss of hormones in women and men for any cause produces loss of bone density of 3% per year for the first year or two then 1% per year. ...Read more

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How is bone density tested? How do doctors measure bone density?

How is bone density tested? How do doctors measure bone density?

Bone densitometer: Bone density of the spine, hip and wrist is tested with a bone densitometer, an instrument which utilizes a very small amount of x-rays. Occasionally it is measured by computerized tomography (ct scan). ...Read more

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How does taking Fosamax (alendronate) affect the jaw bone?

How does taking Fosamax (alendronate) affect the jaw bone?

Rarely does.: If Fosamax (alendronate) is taken for more than 5 years a very small percentage of patients may develop necrosis of a portion of the jaw. Good dental hygiene may reduce the chance of developing this problem. ...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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Advice? Would smoking weed affect bone healing?

Advice? Would smoking weed affect bone healing?

It can: But not as much as cigarette smoking, but depends on the quality of the marijuana and how much and how often you smoke. Smoking anything can increase carbon monoxide in the blood, which robs your tissues of oxygen, which is why bone healing is so impaired. If you care about healing completely and more quickly, stop smoking anything! ...Read more

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Does prolia mitigate bone loss and increase bone growth? When used with calcium and strontium?

Does prolia mitigate bone loss and increase bone growth?  When used with calcium and strontium?

Yes: It has benefit even if the calcium or strontium is not used. Studies have shown that calcium has little or no benefit as regards bone growth or preventing bone loss. ...Read more

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What bones does osteoporosis affect most?

What bones does osteoporosis affect most?

See below: The most common areas are the wrists, hips, and vertebrae of the spine. Obviously, any bones may be fractured but those listed above are the more common areas. ...Read more

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Do low or high blood serotonin level in children affect their bone growth ? To what extent it's effect?

Do low or high blood serotonin level in children affect their bone growth ? To what extent it's effect?

Under investigation: I've heard little since 2011 but it's true that hi levels played a role in suppressing bone growth. There was a NYTimes piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/27/health/research/27bone.html and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2940494/ Other systems ae involved too. It's not candy! ...Read more

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How do c-spine fractures affect people with osteoporosis?

How do c-spine fractures affect people with osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis: The reduction in calcium with osteoporosis increases the risk for fractures in all parts of the spine. Osteoporosis also increases the complexity of surgical repair by requiring the inclusion of more levels to spread the load and may also require cement to augment the pedicle screws. Healing time for the fracture or surgical fusion can also be much longer. ...Read more

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How badly can coffee reduce bone density?

How badly can coffee reduce bone density?

Only in excess: Large amounts of coffee may cause a decrease in bone density. A large amount is considered 10 or more 8-ounce cups a day according to the national institutes of health. ...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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Does the parathyroid control bone density and teeth?

Yes/No: Parathyroid hormone controls bone density by regulating the level of calcium in the blood, but teeth are formed objects and so does not affect tooth density. ...Read more

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How does stopping taking estrogen supplements affect bone density?

How does stopping taking estrogen supplements affect bone density?

Can cause decrease: Stopping estrogen will make bone loss occur at a faster rate. It will be important to take in adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin d. Exercise is also important for bone health. Avoid smoking which can increase bone loss, too. ...Read more

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My bone densitometry results are T Score.......+ 0.4 Bone quality index..... 111.6 Do I need to continue taking my daily calcium tablet?

My bone densitometry results are
T Score.......+ 0.4
Bone quality index..... 111.6
Do I need to continue taking my daily calcium tablet?

Your T score can be : just because you have high T score it does not mean that you do not have osteoporosis. In my experience, people with arthritic changes in the lumbar spine, they can't have very good T score while they have significant osteoporosis. You need to review this T score with your healthcare provider who can read one density more carefully. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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 ?

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?

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?

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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