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I am overweight for my height. Does this mean I am less likely to get osteoporosis?

I am overweight for my height. Does this mean I am less likely to get osteoporosis?

Maybe, maybe not: It is often believed obese women have less osteoporosis than normal weight or thin women. Fat cells can make estrogen-type hormones which may slow bone loss, and can make androgen-type hormones which may add more bone mass. Some researchers feel obesity decreases bone density, compared to large non-obese women of similar weight. Leptins (hormones involved in obesity) may also worsen bone density. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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What causes you to have a loss of height when you have osteoporosis?

What causes you to have a loss of height when you have osteoporosis?

Fracture: Compression fractures of the spine lead to height loss. The bone collapses and you shrink.. These can be painfree, so if you lose more than an inch in height, see your doctor and consider an xray. ...Read more

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How can I get osteoporosis in order to lose height?

How can I get osteoporosis in order to lose height?

Why?: Osteoporosis can be a severely debilitating disease, why would you want to get it? Please rephrase the question-i'm not understanding it. ...Read more

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Can severe osteoporosis in the neck cause the discs to collapse and make you lose height? And cause horrendous pain?

Can severe osteoporosis in the neck cause the discs to collapse and make you lose height? And cause horrendous pain?

Yes and no.: Severe pain in the neck could come from a collapsed vertebra or from a protruding disc irritating a nerve or the spinal cord. The osteoporosis doses not cause a disc to collapse. Xrays or MRI may help explain the pain. ...Read more

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I am 16 years old,have severe osteoporosis & lost a couple inches of height due to vertebral compression. Can this be corrected? What is the prognosis

I am 16 years old,have severe osteoporosis & lost a couple inches of height due to vertebral compression. Can this be corrected? What is the prognosis

Many causes of osteo: There are many causes of osteoporosis.it is important that you see in endocrinologist. There are many causes in diseases that may produce osteoporosis at your age. Prevent further harm to your body you need to consult as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I turn 17 next month and have severe idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. I have been taking idrophos and calcium after a femur fracture 2 years back. I have lost height due to vertebral compression. Can the height loss be reversed or corrected in any way?

I turn 17 next month and have severe idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. I have been taking idrophos and calcium after a femur fracture 2 years back. I have lost height due to vertebral compression. 
Can the height loss be reversed or corrected in any way?

Problems: I am sorry to hear of your issues. At your age height loss might be correctable but you had best hurry to an orthopedic surgeon. If the surgeon has already told you that improvement on your back is unlikely, please get one more opinion. Keep me posted please. ...Read more

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How do I treat osteoporosis?

How do I treat osteoporosis?

Medications: Before treating osteoporosis a variety of tests should be done and a history should be taken to determine, if possible, the cause of the problem. A variety of medications can be used to prevent bone loss including estrogen, bisphosphonates and denosumab. For severe osteoporosis teriparatide, a drug which builds bone can be used. ...Read more

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How is osteoporosis tested for?

Dexa scan: There are a mber of ways to check for osteoporosis. A simple x-ray alone is not adequate because it can be over it under penetrated to make the bone appear more or less dense than it is. A deca scan is by far the most common test for osteoporosis. In this test, the bone density of you spine, hip, and wrist is compared to normal bone and an age matched control. ...Read more

Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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