See below. Just because you are seventy does not have to mean you have weak bones. Obviously, because of your age, you are at a higher risk for bone loss. See your physician and obtain a DEXA or bone density and see what your bone density is and you will have an answer.
No. Whether a person develops weak bones or osteoporosis as they age depends on a lot of factors including gender, race, family history, weight, medications, history of smoking, and alcohol use. The best way to get screened for weak bones is with a bone mineral density scan. It's recommended for women over 65. If you haven't had one, talk to your doctor about it.
Not necessarily. Our bone density tends to peak in our thirties and then gradually decline, but there are many factors such as genetics, activity level and diet that determines the rate of decline. So while weak bones are more common in 70 year olds, many 70 year olds have strong bones. The only way to know for sure is to do a bone density DXA test, which can be ordered by your doctor.
It depends: It depends why one has weak bones: frail or fragile bones are usually due to osteoporosis (and sometimes due to genetic disorders such as osteogesesis imperfect, and secondary to cancer, metastasis). Week bones due to osteoporosis: usually secondary to postmenopausal status (sex-hormone deficiency), age, or due to other medical disorders. It is very important to identify and treat the latter be.
Not necessarily. Our bone density tends to peak in our thirties and then gradually decline, but there are many factors such as genetics, activity level and diet that determines the rate of decline. So while weak bones are more common in 90 year olds, some 90 year olds have strong bones. The only way to know for sure is to do a bone density DXA test, which can be ordered by your doctor.
Vitamin d def. Possible vitamin d deficiency.
Vitamin D. Vitamin d to me is my favorite if you are deficient. I am not a fan of the bisphosphonates like the Fosamax type of drugs. I find there are too many side effects of these other meds and not sure the risk/reward ratio is worth it. That is my personal opinoin, feel free to discuss with your internist or rheumatologist.
Calcium and vit D. Though the specific dose should be recommended by your doctor. Additionally, weight bearing exercise (walking, light weights) will help provide mild stress to the bones that they need to grow stronger. Stronger medicine exists for patients whose bone is already critically weak, but vitamin/ mineral and protein supplementation along with healthy exercise is first line.
Dexa scan. You can have a scan to check bone density. You can also have your vitamin d levles checked.
Bone density. There is a test to check.....Ask your doctor.....
Weak bones. There are a few categories that make up the conditions commonly thought of as "weak bones." osteoporosis is a bone quantity issue; it is very common in older populations. Osteomalacia is a bone quality issue; it may be due to dietary issues (e.g. Lack of vitamins and/or minerals), chronic disease (e.g. Chronic kidney disease) or genetic disease (e.g. Familial rickets). See www. Aaos. Org for more.
Osteopenia. This may arise from a diet low in calcium. Calcium is required for normal bone metabolism. If insufficient then the resulting bones may be weaker than normal.
Vitamin D. Make sure the levels in the blood are normal. Plain radiographs or x-rays are another way a doctor could comment on the quality of your bones.