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Osteoporosis: Do Men Need to Be Screened?

About one in five men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in his lifetime. More...

Does Milk Benefit Bones?

It’s a fact—humans need calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones. And drinking milk that’s fortified with vitamin D is an easy way to get those nutrients. But does that mean drinking milk will help prevent osteoporosis-related fractures? More...

Osteoporosis Drugs May Thwart Endometrial Cancer

Bisphosphonates, the class of drugs commonly used to prevent and treat osteoporosis, are known to also have antitumor effects. More...

Postmenopausal Weight Changes Impact Fracture Risk

Research spotlights weight loss or gain as a red flag for increased osteoporosis-related fracture risk. More...

Vegetarian? Make Sure You're Getting These Bone-Building Nutrients

A vegetarian diet can be an excellent choice for overall health, and eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables supplies many of the nutrients your bones need, including magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K. Still, a plant-based diet may be deficient in bone-essential nutrients. More...

Men: Do You Know Your Osteoporosis Risk?

More than 8 million of the 40 million Americans with osteoporosis or low bone mass are men. And such a loss of bone strength translates to serious consequences. More...

Fighting Frailty

Experts on aging say that it is possible to forestall and, in many cases, prevent frailty from ever developing. It can even be reversed if caught in its earliest stages. More...

Expanding the Definition of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is typically diagnosed when a bone mineral density (BMD) test shows a person has a T-score of -2.5 or more in the spine or hip. But many experts believe this strict definition has led to the underdiagnosis and undertreatment of osteoporosis in the United States. More...

Focus on Vertebral Compression Fractures

Bone loss in the spine takes place rapidly around the time of menopause; an estimated 25 percent of American women over age 50 experience one or more compression fractures of their vertebrae in their lifetime. Men account for approximately one-seventh of the vertebral compression fractures associated with osteoporosis. More...

Osteoporosis: A Common Complication of Rheumatoid Arthritis

When you think about who's at risk for osteoporosis, a stereotypical portrait probably comes to mind: a thin Caucasian or Asian woman who's over age 50. But if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), add yourself to that picture. More...

Advice to Help You Prevent Broken Bones

Easily fracturing a bone -- especially when the break is caused by little or no trauma -- might be the first sign that you have osteoporosis, a condition where bones become porous, weak and prone to fractures. A fracture after age 50 doubles your risk for a second one. More...

Understanding How Osteoporosis Weakens the Bones

The word osteoporosis means porous bone. A person with osteoporosis typically has low bone mass, poor bone quality and fragile bones. Approximately 10 million Americans -- eight million women and two million men -- already have osteoporosis, and 34 million more are at increased risk because of low bone mass (osteopenia). … More...

Water Workouts: Easy-on-the-Joints Fitness

Researchers have long known that exercise is an important tool for anyone of any age aiming to stay healthy and fit. But for many older people, arthritis and osteoporosis can make movement difficult, causing pain or limiting mobility. More...

From Research: CT Scans and Osteoporosis

Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is recommended for women 65 and over and men 70 and over. Yet in the United States only a fraction of both groups have had a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test. In contrast, some 80 million computed tomography (CT) scans are performed yearly as part of the diagnostic workup for gastrointestinal symptoms, suspected cancer and other conditions, leading researchers to speculate whether these tests might incidentally detect osteoporosis. More...

What Causes Osteoporosis?

Women are more susceptible to osteoporosis than men, they have less total bone mass to begin with and because estrogen plays a vital role in bone health. As the production of natural estrogen drops off during menopause, the rate of bone loss begins to pull ahead of the rate of bone formation. More...

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