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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Our bones may seem rock-solid, but the tissue (and yes, it’s living tissue) is constantly being created and destroyed. As we age, the process can skew toward bone destruction, leading to porous, weak bones that break easily—a condition called osteoporosis. The good news is that there are many things that prevent osteoporosis, including weight-bearing exercise, proper nutrition, and medication.

Osteoporosis News

  • Seniors Often Underestimate Their Frailty, Study Finds

    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many American seniors seen at emergency departments overestimate their mobility, according to a recent study. Researchers asked seniors who visited an ER to get out of bed, walk 10 feet and return to bed. The investigators found that almost one-quarter of these patients inaccurately assessed their ability to complete [...]

  • Growth Hormone May Lower Odds of Fractures in Older Women

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older women with osteoporosis could get lasting benefits from a few years on growth hormone, a new, small trial suggests. Researchers found that when women with the bone-thinning disease took growth hormone for three years, their fracture risk was still reduced seven years later. Before entering [...]

  • Fewer Seniors Fall While Taking Vitamin D: Study

    THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Delivering vitamin D supplements to homebound seniors might help lower their risk of falls, a new study suggests. Previous research has found vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining muscle strength, and some studies have suggested vitamin D may help prevent falls, researchers say. Vitamin D is found [...]

  • Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Strengthen Older Women’s Bones: Study

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates. “While high-dose vitamin D did indeed increase calcium absorption, the increase was only 1 percent and [it] did not translate into gains in spine, hip or [...]

  • Targeted Workouts May Strengthen Men’s Bones in Middle Age

    THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Certain types of exercise improve bone health in middle-aged men with low bone mass and may lower their risk for osteoporosis, according to a small new study. Men naturally lose bone mass as they age, which can put them at risk for osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and [...]

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