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Osteoporosis Health Center

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  1. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    Paget's disease is a chronic disease that affects how the body breaks down and rebuilds bone tissue. Paget's disease can be active or inactive, depending on whether the bone formation process goes too quickly or normally.Inactive Paget's diseaseIn inactive Paget's disease, bone tissue is being broken down and rebuilt at a normal speed. This most often occurs when you are using medicine to slow the bone growth. The inactive state may continue even after you stop taking medicine. This is called remission. Active Paget's diseaseActive Paget's disease has three stages. They are: Hot (lytic) stage. This stage occurs early in the disease process, when bone tissue is being quickly broken down. Bones are often more painful during this stage.Mixed stage. This stage occurs later in the disease process, when bone tissue is being quickly broken down and quickly rebuilt.Cold (rebuilding) stage. This stage occurs later in the disease, when bone tissue is being quickly rebuilt.Bone pain may occur in

  2. Osteoporosis - Treatment Overview

    The process of bone thinning (osteoporosis) is a natural part of aging. However, if you receive treatment early, you may be able to stop or slow the progress of bone loss. Treatment is important to:10Prevent broken bones.Maintain or increase your bone thi

  3. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    You can slow the onset of osteoporosis or reduce its impact if you develop habits that build and strengthen your bones. It is best if you start healthy habits early in life,but it's never too late. Habits that build and strengthen bones include: Eating a nutritious diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Both are necessary for building healthy,strong bones. Take ...

  4. Osteoporosis - 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 ...

  5. Osteoporosis - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about Paget's disease:What is Paget's disease?What are active and inactive Paget's disease?How is heart failure related to Paget's disease?What other health problems can be caused by Paget's disease?Being diagnosed:What questions will a doctor ask to diagnose Paget's disease?What happens during a physical exam for Paget's disease?How is a bone scan done?How is an alkaline phosphatase test done?Getting treatment:How do bisphosphonate medicines help with Paget's disease?How does calcitonin help with Paget's disease?How much calcium and vitamin D do I need?Living with Paget's disease:How can I manage the pain of Paget's disease?What is acupuncture, and how can it help with pain?What can I do to avoid falls?What should I know about using a cane?What should I know about using a walker?

  6. Testosterone for Osteoporosis

    Drug details for Testosterone for osteoporosis.

  7. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

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

  8. Osteoporosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you: Think you have a broken bone, notice a deformity after a fall, or cannot move a part of your body. Have sudden, severe pain when bearing weight.

  9. Osteoporosis - Surgery

    Two surgical treatments, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, may relieve persistent pain from spinal compression fractures resulting from osteoporosis.

  10. Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis

    Drug details for Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.

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