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  1. Paget's Disease of Bone - Prevention

    Paget's disease cannot be prevented. But you may prevent complications of Paget's disease, such as osteoarthritis, by taking medicine, maintaining a healthy weight, and regularly doing gentle exercise that does not cause stress to your bone.

  2. Overview

    What is osteopenia?Osteopenia refers to bone mineral density (BMD) that is lower than normal peak BMD but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Bone mineral density is a measurement of the level of minerals in the bones, which indicates how dense and strong they are. If your BMD is low compared to normal peak BMD, you are said to have osteopenia. Having osteopenia means there is a ...

  3. Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis? - What's next?

    If you are concerned about your results,talk to your doctor. A diagnosis of osteoporosis is based on your medical history,a physical exam,and a test to measure your bone thickness ( density ). The most accurate test is called a DEXA scan. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women age 65 and older have a bone density test. If you are at increased risk for ...

  4. Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis? - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) test to diagnose osteoporosis? Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks,ideal weight,target heart rate,and more. Risk of ...

  5. Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis? - What does this tool measure?

    Click here to find your risk for osteoporosis. This tool measures the risk for developing thin and brittle bones (osteoporosis) in women age 45 and older. It is based on information from the Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Instrument. 1 The values you enter are related to the 4 biggest risk factors for osteoporosis. They are: Being a woman. Men have a much lower risk than women do. Being older

  6. Osteoporosis and Anorexia

    Weak bones are common in people with anorexia, which can lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures. Learn more about this link.

  7. Should I take bisphosphonate medications for osteoporosis?

    This information will help you understand your choices, whether you share in the decision - making process or rely on your doctor's recommendation.Key points in making your decisionBisphosphonate medications, such as risedronate (Actonel), ibandronate (Boniva), or alendronate (Fosamax), are the most commonly prescribed medications for osteoporosis. However, bisphosphonate medications may not be ..

  8. Should I have a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) test to diagnose osteoporosis?

    Key points A bone density test,called DEXA or dual-energy X-ray absorption,measures bone mass to determine whether you have osteopenia or osteoporosis and are at risk for a fracture. (Other bone density tests are available but are less accurate.) Consider the following when making your decision: It is important to know whether you are at risk for osteoporosis. It is possible to assess your ...

  9. Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis? - What does your score mean?

    Your score is based on your answers to questions about your gender,age,weight,and use of estrogen: 2 A high score (18 and over) means you are at risk for osteoporosis. A moderate score (9 to 17) means you may be at risk,based on those factors. A low score (8 and under) means that you do not appear to be at risk,based on those factors. It's important to remember that there are other risk ...

  10. Lactose Intolerance and Osteoporosis

    Since dairy products are a major source of calcium, you might assume that people with lactose intolerance who avoid dairy products could be at increased risk for osteoporosis. However, research exploring the role of lactose intolerance in calcium intake and bone health has produced conflicting results.

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