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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 believe you have got those stipulations or have a pal or relative with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this informative ebook bargains support for women and men of every age. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, moment version, presents authoritative sensible solutions for your questions about therapies, way of life judgements to enhance bone healthiness, assets of aid, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and lots more and plenty extra. This re-creation has been thoroughly revised and up to date with the newest info.

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I was angry because I had no symptoms whatsoever and believed that I was taking good care of my health. When I was first diagnosed with bone loss, I told my two younger brothers about it. My brothers were tested for osteoporosis but did not have it. Their doctors, however, were careful to note that they have a family history of bone loss. 12. What are the risk factors for osteoporosis? Unless you break a bone, osteoporosis is painless. Unless you break a bone, osteoporosis is painless. It’s therefore important to know if you are at risk for developing it.

QXP 11/20/09 11:34 AM Page 46 100 Q&A ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA • Elevated pulse and blood pressure (for overproduction of thyroid hormone) • Tooth loss • Enlarged thyroid gland • Tenderness over bones of your back • Curvature of the spine (kyphosis) • Limited range of motion in the spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, or ankles • Shortened distance from the rib cage to the front edge of the pelvis while lying down face-up (happens when spine begins to curve from repeated fractures) • In men—smaller testicles may indicate loss of testosterone (related to hypogonadism) • In women—breast and pelvic exams may show evidence of estrogen loss.

More than two drinks per day increases your risk of osteoporosis as well as your risk of falling and breaking a bone. • Replace caffeinated beverages with beverages rich in calcium. If you drink coffee or tea, consider adding milk. When drinking hot chocolate or cocoa, consider making it with milk to increase your calcium intake. • Change your sedentary lifestyle to an active one by exercising daily (see Questions 42–44). • Improve your diet. Take in adequate amounts of calcium, vitamin D, citric acid (found in citrus fruits), and phosphorus, and cut down on the amount of salt you eat.

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