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My bone density increased. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

My bone density increased. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Usu good: Unless its just an area of bone sclerosis (arthritis) can cause the numbers to look higher, without any benefit to you (ie. Bone quality not any better). ...Read more

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 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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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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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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Is it true that tea is good for women's bone density?

Is it true that tea is good for women's bone density?

Yes: Tea is one of the most healthful beverages and has many benefits. Because green and black tea contain small amounts of fluoride, it increases bone density. Women who drink tea have more bone and fewer fractures than women who do not drink tea. Most herbal teas do not contain fluoride. ...Read more

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Are you able to have scoliosis surgery, with a bone density score of -3.1? All other health is good.

Are you able to have scoliosis surgery, with a bone density score of -3.1? All other health is good.

Bone density spine: You are at a higher risk of having complications if hardware is to be used. With a low bone density hardware has a harder time holding in the bone. ...Read more

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If the calcium and magnesium levels are good on my lab test, do is still need a bone density test? Are these related or not?

If the calcium and magnesium levels are good on my lab test, do is still need a bone density test? Are these related or not?

#1=yes, #2 = no.: Serum calcium levels are tightly controlled by a hormone in four tiny glands inside the thyroid gland called parathyroid glands. If calcium levels are abnormal and confirmed abnormal, need to work up for kidney, bone or parathyroid disease. Bone density has no relation to normal calcium levels, so if the test is indicated, do it. Magnesium may become low on diuretics (like potassium), not related. ...Read more

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My dr office called and said to start Fosamax (alendronate) as my bone density test came back not too good. Aren't there choices? Shouldn't a patient get consult?

My dr office called and said to start Fosamax (alendronate) as my bone density test came back not too good. Aren't there choices? Shouldn't a patient get consult?

There are choices.: And your doctor has an obligation to discuss them with you, along with the risks/benefits of fosamax (alendronate). ...Read more

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My 24 week anamoly scan showed fl / foot length less than 0.8 and the gap in growth of all long bones is 4sd. Bone density, structure all good.

Skeletal Dysplasia: You are describing a rather compelling description of a skeletal dysplasia. You need to follow up to determine if it is possible to differentiate between the usually lethal and the usually non lethal varieties. An article that covers the subject can be found here:

http://www. Jaypeejournals. Com/ejournals/showtext. Aspx? Id=967;type=free;typ=top;in=~/ejournals/images/jplogo. Gif;iid=84;ispdf=no. ...Read more

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Have bone density scan tomo morn. No calcium supplmnts BUT drank 3 glasses almondMilk:135% daily value calcium (fortified w/tricalcium phosphate).Bad?

Have bone density scan tomo morn. No calcium supplmnts BUT drank 3 glasses almondMilk:135% daily value calcium (fortified w/tricalcium phosphate).Bad?

If too much sugar: It can be bad if the almond milk has sugar added, which it probably does. Drinking sweetened drinks is a fast way to down many, many grams of sugar. Sugar is bad stuff (but a little bit is ok). As for the bone density scan, no worries. Calcium-fortified foods and drinks won't alter one's bone density overnight. ...Read more

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While taking depo began to have bad knee pains joined military and pain worsened hard to walk up and down stairs loss of bone density the problem?

While taking depo began to have bad knee pains joined military and pain worsened hard to walk up and down stairs loss of bone density the problem?

Bone density: Loss of bone density at age 17 is very unlikely unless you have a major medical condition.
Maximum bone density increases from your age till about 25 and risk of fracture is low. ...Read more

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What affects bone density?

What affects bone density?

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

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Can you regain bone density?

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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Why is bone density important?

For multiple reasons: Achieving the potential peak bone mass during adolescence, and maintaining it during the adulthood is very important for preventing future fractures. There are many diseases, medications, lifestyle habits, and food components can adversely affect the bone density and the bone quality leading to fragility (osteoporotic) fractures. If one takes proactive actions, most of these are preventable. ...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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Should men get bone density tests?

Should men get bone density tests?

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 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?

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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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