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  1. Healthy Eating: Taking Calcium and Vitamin D

    Bone thinning occurs as part of the natural process of aging. If the thinning continues to the point that your bones become fragile and in danger of breaking, you have osteoporosis. However, osteoporosis is considered a preventable disease. Key pointsAfter age 30, men and women naturally begin to lose bone mass. You can slow bone loss and possibly prevent osteoporosis by eating a diet rich in ...

  2. Monitoring Osteoporosis Therapy

    Should bone density be monitored with routine scans after someone begins osteoporosis treatment? Find out now.

  3. DEXA Scan (Dual X-ray Absorptiometry) to Measure Bone Health

    How is bone mineral density measured? Learn more about DXA, also called DEXA, a common test used to diagnose osteoporosis.

  4. Hip Fracture - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Aging Well: Making Your Home Fall-Proof

  5. Hip Fracture Repair (Hip Pinning)

    Surgery is usually the best treatment for a broken (fractured) hip. Two types of surgery are used. Internal fixation. Internal fixation involves stabilizing broken bones with surgical screws,nails,rods,or plates. This type of surgery is usually for people who have fractures in which the bones can be properly aligned. This may also be called "hip pinning." Hip replacement surgery ...

  6. Hip Fracture - Topic Overview

    What is a hip fracture? A hip fracture is more than a broken bone. If you are older, breaking your hip can mean a major change in your life. You will probably need surgery, and it can take as long as a year to recover. But activity and physical therapy can help you get your strength and mobility back. Most people break their hip near the upper part of the thighbone (femur). It usually happens near where the thighbone fits into the hip joint.What causes hip fractures?Most hip fractures happen to people who are 65 or older, and they are usually caused by falls. As you get older, your bones naturally lose some strength and are more likely to break, even from a minor fall. Children and young adults are more likely to break a hip because of a bike or car accident or a sports injury.Other things that increase your risk of breaking your hip include: Being female.Your family history—being thin or tall or having family members who had fractures later in life.Not getting enough calcium and

  7. Hip Fracture - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about hip fracture:What is a hip fracture?What increases my risk of a hip fracture?Why do women have more hip fractures than men?How much calcium and vitamin D do I need, and how can I get more?How can I help prevent falls at home?Getting treatment:How is a hip repair done?How is a hip replacement done?

  8. Hip Protectors

    The FDA has approved hip protector garments for the prevention of hip fractures in elderly persons with known osteoporosis.

  9. When Bone Breaks: Osteoporosis Complications

    What are the consequences of osteoporosis and broken bones?

  10. Vitamin D for Osteoporosis

    Calcium and vitamin D are crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. How much of these nutrients do you need and where can you get them? Find out now.

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