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 easilya condition called osteoporosis. The good news is that there are many things that prevent osteoporosis, including weight-bearing exercise, proper nutrition, and medication.
FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stronger muscles seems to mean healthier bones in children, according to a new study. “Bone strength and size is important because they are significant factors in long-term osteoporosis and fracture risk,” said lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Moon, of the University of Southampton in England. “A 10 percent increase in [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Frail, older women may only need a single dose of the osteoporosis drug Reclast to build bone strength, a new study suggests. But greater bone density did not translate into fewer fractures among these high-risk women, who were living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities during [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says. However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was cut by more than half when elderly women engaged [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exercise may increase the size of brain regions that contribute to balance and coordination, preliminary research suggests. The small new study in twins found that those who exercised more had increased brain volume in areas of the brain related to movement. These changes “may have health [...]
TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many seniors don’t tell their doctors they’ve had a fall because they’re worried they’ll be told they can’t live on their own anymore, a physician says. Millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, fewer than [...]