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Medical Reference Related to Osteoporosis

  1. Osteoporosis - Other Treatment

    Exercise is an important part of managing osteoporosis. Your health professional may recommend physical therapy. Your physical therapist may teach you how to safely do weight-bearing exercises, which can slow bone loss.

  2. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break.

  3. Osteoporosis - Cause

    During childhood and teen years, new bone grows faster than existing bone is absorbed by the body. After age 30, this process begins to reverse.

  4. Paget's Disease and Heart Failure - Topic Overview

    Heart failure develops when the heart muscle is not able to pump enough blood to meet the body's need. Failure does not mean that the heart is not pumping. It means that it is not pumping as well as it should. Bones affected by Paget's disease contain extra blood vessels. When Paget's disease affects a large amount of bone tissue, the heart pumps faster and harder in order to supply blood to this extra bone, as well as to all tissues of the body. If the heart cannot pump enough blood, heart failure develops.This is a very rare complication of Paget's disease.

  5. Vitamin D Test

    A vitamin D test measures the amount of vitamin D in the blood. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Calcium keeps your bones and muscles healthy and strong. If your muscles don't get enough calcium, they can cramp, hurt, or feel weak. You may have long-term (chronic) muscle aches and pains. If you don't get enough vitamin D throughout life, you are more likely to have thin and brittle bones (osteoporosis) in your later years. Children who don't get enough vitamin D may not grow as much as others their age. They also have a chance of getting a rare disease called rickets. Your body uses sunshine to make its own vitamin D. Vitamin D is found in foods such as egg yolks, liver, and saltwater fish. It is added to many food products, such as milk and cereals. You can also get it as supplements, often combined with calcium. Many people can get the amount of vitamin D needed each day through food and sunlight. The vitamin D test is also called the 25-hydroxy vitamin D, or 25(OH)D,

  6. Bone Density

    A bone mineral density (BMD) test measures the mineral density (such as calcium) in your bones using a special X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, or ultrasound.

  7. Osteoporosis in Men - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about osteoporosis: What is osteoporosis? What increases my risk for osteoporosis? Can a test find osteoporosis early? Being diagnosed: What is a bone mineral density test? Should I get a bone density test? Getting treatment: What are bisphosphonates for osteoporosis? What is parathyroid hormone? What hormone therapy is available for men? Will I need surgery? Living with osteoporosis: ...

  8. Osteoporosis Guide - Topic Overview

    What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones. It means you have bones that are thin and brittle,with lots of holes inside them like a sponge. This makes them easy to break. Osteoporosis can lead to broken bones (fractures) in the hip,spine,and wrist. What causes osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is caused by a lack of bone strength or bone density. As you age,your ...

  9. Paget's Disease of Bone - Topic Overview

    What is Paget's disease? Paget's disease is a problem of abnormal bone growth. It may affect just one bone, but it usually affects more than one.In normal bone, the bone tissue is constantly being broken down, absorbed into the body, and then rebuilt with new cells. In Paget's disease, bone tissue is broken down and absorbed much faster than normal, so the body speeds up the bone rebuilding process. But this new bone is often weak and brittle, and it breaks easily.Paget's disease is most common in people older than 50, and the risk of getting it increases with age. Most people who have it are able to lead normal lives. What causes Paget's disease?The cause of Paget's disease is not clear. But it may be related to: Genetics. You're more likely to get Paget's disease if your parents, brothers, or sisters have it. Viruses. The viruses linked to measles in people and distemper in dogs have been found in the bones of people with Paget's disease. But there's no proof that these viruses

  10. Calcitonin for Osteoporosis

    Drug details for Calcitonin for osteoporosis.

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