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  1. The Effects of Smoking on Bone Health

    Whatever your age, the effects of smoking on bone health can't be ignored. The years from childhood until age 30 are prime time for building bone mass. "If an adolescent is smoking, they will not develop maximum bone mass. They will end up with a smaller skeleton and less bone mass, compared to a no

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  2. Osteoporosis and Diets

    Weight loss and bone loss can sometimes go hand in hand. Doctors know that women with anorexia, who severely restrict calories for a long time, are at increased risk for osteoporosis. The eating disorder interferes with hormones needed to maintain bone, not to mention the foods people need to build

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  3. Bone Scans and Bone Health Screenings

    A bone density scan can detect thinning bones at an early stage. If you already have osteoporosis, bone scans can also tell you how fast the disease is progressing. But an abnormal bone scan can create as many questions as it answers. Who should get a bone density scan, and what do the results mean?

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  4. What Causes Osteoporosis? And Why?

    Your bones are alive and constantly growing -- not static, like you see them drawn in books. Bones continually change throughout your life, with some bone cells dissolving and new bone cells growing back in a process called remodeling. With this lifelong turnover of bone cells, you replace most of y

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  5. Picking the Right Osteoporosis Medicine for You

    When it's time to choose an osteoporosis medicine, you have lots of options. In the past 10 years, science has come a long way in helping women treat their bone problems. First step: Make sure you're getting adequate calcium and vitamin D, advises Eve Scopelitis, MD, an internist with Ochsner Medica

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  6. 5 Lifestyle Steps for Better Bone Health

    If your doctor says you have thinning bones -- osteopenia or osteoporosis-- it's critical to take steps to slow the progression of this disease. Calcium, exercise, no smoking, no excess drinking, bone density tests -- all these are necessary, says Kathryn Diemer, MD, professor of medicine and osteop

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  7. Bone Loss and Posture: 6 Tips to Look Your Best

    Everything changes with time -- and that's certainly true if you have bone loss from osteoporosis. Little compression fractures can affect the way you sit, stand, walk -- and look. You may be a bit shorter now, your posture a little different. "These changes alter how a woman's clothes fit," says Su

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  8. 6 Medical Conditions Linked to Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

    You probably know some of the leading risk factors for osteoporosis -- being female and past menopause, smoking, or having a small frame. But did you know that some fairly common medical conditions are also among the causes of osteoporosis bone loss? If you have one of these conditions, either becau

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  9. Women and Weight Training for Osteoporosis

    Did you know that weight training for osteoporosis -- not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights -- can help protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures? Studies show that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss -- and may even help build new

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  10. Few Treated for Osteoporosis; Many at Risk

    March 26, 2004 -- Bent backs and broken bones don't have to be a normal part of aging. Researchers say recent advances in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis not only slow the bone-thinning disease, but they can also help rebuild your bones. The problem is, only a fraction of those at risk

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