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How To Increase Bone Density When Over 60 Years Of Age
I am 18 years old and have been diagnosed with low bone density for my chronological age. What should I do now?? I'm really scared and worried...
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
I had a bone density test and it said I have generalized skeletal osteopenia. I'm a little worried I'm 56 years old. Is bone loss common at my age?
Bone loss is: Accelerated after menopause, . Bone scans are not typically done at this age. Assuming you have no hormonal deficiencies - ie thyroid, you should be taking at calcium and vitamin d. You should exercise, eat a balanced diet, Only your Doctor can decide if you needed a prescription medication and is common in women (and men) as we age. ...Read more
Bone density test showed I had osteopenia couple of years age. Since test I've had spine surgery with instrumentation. Can I get another test done?
Yes: Depends on level of instrumentation on whether your spine will be able to be tested and compared to previous. Hips will still be able to be tested in order to risk stratify you. ...Read more
I just suffered a non-traumatic rib fracture after 4 years of on and off steroid use. 1) should I worry about my bone density at the age of 26 with the chronic steroid use, and 2) what should I avoid while my rib fracture heals as I am an active physical
Hi dear, my mother aged 56 years had D12 anterior wedge compression 8 months ago and now is completely on bed. Also scans show low bone density and small oestophytes are seen. Kindly suggest às pain is serve?
I was on copaxon (for ms) for 2 years. Is there a possibility it could have efffected my bone density results?
Unlikely: Copaxone has no effect on bone density and is not known to cause osteoporosis, but does cause lipoatrophy, occasional bodily reactions, long term hypertension, and is but a modest ms in general. If you have active ms, you should be treated. Consider using gilenya, a pill, or tysabri (natalizumab) in future. Neither affect bones. ...Read more
33 percent drop in bone density in two years, due to surgical menopause and meds. Will it continue to drop rapidly?
There is a rapid: Decline in bone density after menopause du to loss of estrogen. A 33% loss is excessive, however. This may be do to an error in measurement by the device, that is my guess. See if the number is correct, if u have osteoporosis start treating. Low dose estradiol, for those without a contraindication, helps hot flashes and help prevent further loss. Raloxifene at be a good idea if no estrogen. ...Read more
I took omeprazole for 3 years, if it had effected bone density, will this return to normal upon stopping the medication? Or is that bone loss longterm
??: There is some data that all meds to reduce stomach acid (h2 antagonists and ppi's which is what Omeprazole is not with Tums (calcium carbonate)) have an increased risk of fracture perhaps this is due to decreased magnesium also a risk with almost all anti seizure meds like Gabapentin please discuss with your doctor and take some vit d (vitamindcouncil. Org). ...Read more
My 64 years old mom’s bone density reading is -4.0 (osteoporosis level). How much calcium she need to supplement per day?
Is it normal to see a drop in bone density from -2.4 to -3.7 (z score -2.6) in two years after ooph and arimidex (anastrozole) and not to be given treatment?
No: I would definitely recommend treatment (probably a bisphosphonate, unless there are contraindications). Some doctors would have started treatment two years ago knowing that you already had osteopenia and were going to start an aromatase inhibitor. I suggest that you see your endocrinologist. ...Read more
My mother is 81 years old. When she walks, after 10 minutes she felt pain in her hips. The X-ray said her bone density drop. How to remedy? Thank you.
Spinal pathology: Pain in the buttocks, going down the legs after walking for awhile is commonly caused by arthritis in the spine, which presses on the nerves causing the pain. Low bone calcium (osteopenia or osteoporosis) can lead to bone fracture, commonly in the spine (compression fractures) or hip fractures, which hurt with both motion and weight bearing. Hip fracture pain is felt inthe groin. ...Read more
If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?
If your doctor has not recommended calcium along with vitamin D you might need a doctor who knows a bit more about osteoporosis.
Together these meds will help control your bone health but you might also need osteoporosis medicine.
Please call the International Society for Clinical Densitometry at 860-259-1000. They will point you in the right direction. ...Read more
Calcium, Vit D: In your age group, the best things to do for bone density is to avoid excessive weight loss, do regular exercise, consume at least 1000 mg of calcium daily (preferably in foods rather than supplements), take about 2000 iu of vit d daily, don't smoke, avoid medications that can lower bone density (steroids, proton pump inhibitors). Also, be aware that DEXA scans in your age group may be inaccurate. ...Read more
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
Exercise among other: Chemotherapy does take a toll on various body systems and the skeletal system is not immune. If you are young, and depending on the chemotherapy agents used, there is a risk of gonadal failure and low estrogen state, the latter of which can greatly affect bone density. In general, optimizing calcium and vitamin d intake will be very important in addition to weight bearing exercise. ...Read more
Yes: Yes but it also can be dangerous if not being using for the correct medical condition, testosterone deficiency. ...Read more
Absolutely: 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. ...Read more
Various: Weight bearing exercises, closed chain weight lifting. ...Read more
What can be done to help my husband now that we have just been alerted that he has a spine and bone density of a 140 year old man / he is 67?
Get treated: People with osteoporosis have lots of treatment options available, from pharmaceuticals to calcium & vitamin d to strengthening exercises to balance exercises (e.g. Tai chi). One recent study found that elderly people after cataract surgery fell less and suffered fewer broken bones from osteoporosis. Http://j.mp/slzht8. ...Read more
At age 50 you should not have lost much, if any, bone.
Strengthening the skin over your knuckles (how does one do that?) has no effect on your bone density at your age.
Are you male or female?
If female, are you still menstruating? If so, you don't need to worry about your bones unless you have other major problems that could affect your health.
If male there is little need for bone density. ...Read more
Osteoporosis caused by severe vit d def in young adults wts recovery time and time increase bone density?
Various patients =: -different periods of time. U must find out why U R V-Deficient. Then supliment, also avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine. Also bran cereal inhibits calcium absorption. Avoid biking & perform weight bearing exercise. Also weight lifting will prevent myopenia, (muscle mass & strength loss) & is also stressing the non- weight bearing bones & build up bone strength as well. It happens over time & is slo ...Read more
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