Articles on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is most common in women after menopause, but may also develop in men, and may occur in anyone in the presence of certain hormonal disorders, other chronic diseases or as a result of medications.

Osteoporosis can be prevented with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication. Lifestyle changes include regular exercise and learning to prevent falls. Exercise has an anabolic effect which may stop or reverse osteoporosis. Fall-prevention advice includes exercise to tone deambulatory muscles, proprioception-improvement exercises and equilibrium therapies. Some common medications include calcium, vitamin D, bisphosphonates and several others.

12/22/2009 - Articles

Increased Vitamin A Intake May Raise the Fracture Risk

It looks as if a high intake of vitamin A may actually increase the risk of breaking a bone when you fall... Read more

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12/22/2009 - Articles

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Hip Fracture Risk

Vitamin D may be an overlooked nutrient when it comes to reducing the risk for hip fractures according to the results of this study conducted in two Boston-area hospitals. Read more

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12/22/2009 - Articles

Can Too Much Vitamin A Weaken Your Bones?

A high intake of vitamin A may increase your risk of bone fracture, according to a 30-year study conducted in Swedish men . . . . Read more

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12/22/2009 - Articles

Vitamin D Strengthens Muscles and Prevents Falls

It seems that vitamin D has a specific effect in the elderly - improving muscle strength, thus improving their chances of avoiding falls. Read more

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12/22/2009 - Articles

A 'Water-Pill' Can Help Prevent a Broken Hip

These days, fewer people with high blood pressure are treated with 'water pills' (thiazide diuretics). This is a pity, as the thiazides have a protective action against hip fractures, an all-too-common event in older people . . . Read more

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10/13/2009 - Articles
The Negative Effects of Smoking on Bones, Joints and Healing

The Negative Effects of Smoking on Bones, Joints and Healing

Can smoking affect surgery, bone health and healing? Results of 44 studies say "yes" . . . . . Read more

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09/14/2009 - Articles

Isoflavones to Lower the Osteoporosis Risk?

A red clover preparation of isoflavones has been shown, in a well-controlled study, to significantly reduce the natural loss of bone mineral density in women from 49 to 65. Read more

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09/14/2009 - Articles
Hip Replacement: Questions and Answers about Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement: Questions and Answers about Hip Replacement

Hip replacement, or arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with new, artificial parts. These artificial parts are called the prosthesis. The goals of hip replacement surgery are to improve mobility by relieving pain and improve function of the hip joint. Read more

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07/15/2009 - Articles

Exercise Programs - a Primer

Introduction Older people are repeatedly told about the benefits of physical exercise - how it can help in losing weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar and slow down osteoporosis. Read more

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06/25/2009 - Articles

Fracture linked to mortality risk

Men and women having a fracture caused by osteoporosis are at increased risk of mortality during the years that follow. If they have a second fracture, then this increased risk persists. Read more

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