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How Much Do You Know About Bones?

Are you a bone whiz or a bonehead? Take a bone quiz to find out.


Excessive drinking can interfere with the production of vitamin D, which in turn interferes with calcium absorption. Alcoholism has also been linked to an increase in levels of cortisol, a hormone that can decrease bone formation and increase bone breakdown.

Meanwhile, exercise -- particularly weight-bearing workouts that force you to push against gravity, such as walking, weight lifting, and climbing stairs -- increases bone health to help slow loss of bone density as we age.

10.Osteopenia is:

a. The study of bone health

b. A type of bone fracture

c. A female bone disease

d. Low bone mass

Answer: d. Osteopenia is a term used for low bone mass that isn't low enough to be osteoporosis. It is sometimes the forerunner to osteoporosis, a more serious bone-thinning disease. Both are diagnosed via a painless bone mineral density test known as DXA.

Reviewed on October 26, 2007

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