By Ivy M. Alexander, Karla A. Knight

Nearly ten million americans have osteoporosis and thirty-four million have osteopenia (low bone mass) and plenty of thousands are in danger. no matter if you believe you've gotten osteoporosis, you lately realized that you've got bone loss, or are a chum or relative of somebody with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this booklet deals support for women and men, younger or outdated. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia presents authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions on treatments, way of life judgements to enhance bone overall healthiness, resources of help, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and lots more and plenty extra. Written by way of a nurse practitioner and a nurse, this publication is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional demanding situations of osteoporosis and similar stipulations.

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Obesity Condition of being severely overweight based on body mass index greater than 30, and associated with many health problems. Bone turnover The process of breaking down bone and forming new bone in its place, a process that occurs throughout life. When bone is growing (during childhood through early adulthood) new formation exceeds breakdown; later in life breakdown exceeds formation. Obesity (BMI >30) can also contribute to the development of osteoporosis, usually because people who are obese tend to be less active and, most importantly, they tend to exercise less.

If you do not exercise, even if you have no other risk factors, you may still develop osteoporosis. Bones need the stress of exercise to keep bone formation equal to bone loss (see Questions 43–44). • Genetic factors. Variations in or absence of a gene that regulates a specific protein receptor that is key to bone development may put you at risk for osteoporosis, sometimes a severe form of it. Several other genes controlling enzymes involved in bone development can affect your risk for osteoporosis.

I also take 1500 mg of calcium with Vitamin D every day and so far, my annual bone density tests have not shown any osteoporosis, even though I know that having kidney disease can weaken my bones. 18. How will I know if I have osteoporosis? Are there any signs or symptoms? Because osteoporosis and osteopenia are not painful conditions, you will not know that you have either one unless you break a bone or you have bone mineral density testing. Naturally, if you suspect you have broken a bone, get medical help immediately.

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