100 Questions & Answers About Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, by Ivy M. Alexander (Author) Karla A. Knight (Author)

By Ivy M. Alexander (Author) Karla A. Knight (Author)

Nearly ten million american citizens have osteoporosis and thirty-four million have osteopenia (low bone mass) with many extra in danger. even if you think you've got those stipulations or have a chum or relative with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this informative booklet deals aid for women and men of every age. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, moment variation, offers authoritative functional solutions on your questions about healing procedures, way of life judgements to enhance bone future health, assets of aid, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and masses extra. This new version has been thoroughly revised and up-to-date with the most recent details.

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They said bone loss happens too often to guys like me, but that most clinicians don’t think to test for it. I guess I am one of the lucky ones because my bones were OK—but my nurse practitioner still tested me every few years and made sure I was getting enough calcium. Now I don’t take steroids anymore at all—I had surgery and they removed the part of the colon that caused my problems. I am so glad it is better, and that my bones are OK. I feel like I have my life ahead of me. I’m only 48, so keeping my bones strong now is really important.

Third, they interfere directly with bone formation and with the production of testosterone and estrogen, which are hormones necessary for bone formation. And last, steroids can interfere with the ability to perform bone-strengthening exercises and increase fracture risk by causing muscle weakness and exercise intolerance. Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIO) can occur with as little as 3 months of treatment. If you are treated for longer than 6 months, you have a 50% chance of developing osteoporosis.

Some illnesses, such as hyperthyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome, increase the speed with which bone is broken down. Other illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis and celiac disease, interfere with bone formation by impeding the body’s absorption or production of the nutrients needed for bone development. In fact, 3% to 4% of those with osteoporosis have gluten intolerance, the allergy to wheat that occurs in celiac disease. People with gluten intolerance cannot absorb the correct amount of calcium and vitamin D from their intestines.

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