Jan. 19, 2011 -- An influential panel of experts has issued new guidelines for osteoporosis screening, recommending for the first time that women younger than 60 get bone density scans if they have risk factors that increase the likelihood that they could experience a fracture within the next 10 yea
If you think of your body as a building, your bones are the framing. Without strong bones the whole thing would collapse. And that's a good analogy for what happens when we don't take good care of our bones. Over time, the body loses more and more bone, until we develop osteoporosis and it "collapse
If you have osteoporosis -- or are at high risk -- odds are you're not getting the care you need. A Stanford study determined that more than half of all people with osteoporosis remain undiagnosed. What's more, even high-risk patients -- such as those who have already had a hip fracture - often don'
One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her/his remaining lifetime. Yes, osteoporosis ("porous bones") affects men, too. Yet the advanced effects of bone loss -- a humped upper back or easily shattered limbs -- does not have to be in the future
Health-conscious women who wouldn't dream of skipping their Pap test or mammogram appointments can be woefully ignorant about another type of vital health check -- the bone density test. This quick and painless evaluation, often done for the first time after menopause , can help predict whether you'
Will a vitamin D test tell me if I need more vitamin D? That depends on whom you ask. As part of your regular blood test, your doctor can order a test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD). The problem is not with the test. The problem is how to interpret the results. An expert committee convened by the
Nov. 30, 2010 (Chicago) -- Belly fat may be bad for women's bone health, raising their risk of osteoporosis, researchers report. In a study of 50 premenopausal women, many of whom were obese, those who had more fat around the waistline were more likely to have low bone mineral density, an osteoporos
Why do I need vitamin D? Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions. Vitamin D deficiency h
Can I get too much vitamin D? Too much of any good thing is a bad thing. Too much vitamin D can cause an abnormally high blood calcium level, which could result in nausea, constipation, confusion, abnormal heart rhythm, and even kidney stones. It's nearly impossible to get too much vitamin D from su
Oct. 17, 2010 -- Women aged 65 and older are advised to undergo bone mineral density (BMD) screening every two years, but those with normal results at age 67 may be able to wait 10 years before their next screening test, a new study suggests. Researchers say the 10-year interval is OK because the wo