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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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What happens to bone density when you don't exercise?

Goes down: 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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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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I have severe heel pains. I got a bone density T-score of -3.10. What I should do?

I have severe heel pains. I got a bone density T-score of -3.10. What I should do?

Osteoporosis: A T-score of -3.1 is very low, especially for a 36 yo male. Was this a DEXA scan result or ultrasound of the heel? You should have a DEXA scan of the lumbar spine and hip to confirm. You will then need evaluation to see why your bone density is so low. ...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?

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 and why does bone density increase?

During growth.: Bone density increases during the years of growth and under the influence of growth hormone, estrogen and testosterone. The drug teriparatide can also increase the formation of bone in patients with osteoporosis. ...Read more

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