Im worried that my daughter who is 40 will get osteoporosis How can she prevent this from happening to her

If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you are right to be concerned. Family history is certainly a risk factor for osteoporosis. But what you have learned from your own diagnosis can truly help your daughter. Making exercise a habit is critical to keeping bones strong through midlife and beyond. Women beginning midlife should make themselves aware of all the risk factors for developing osteoporosis. First, at the age of 40, unless she is one of the 1 who experience premature...

What is Actonel risedronate Is it like Fosamax alendronate

Actonel (risedronate) is another bisphosphonate prescribed to reduce bone turnover to treat or prevent osteoporosis. It can be taken either daily as 5 mg tablets, or weekly as 35 mg tablets. Like other bisphosphonates, you must be conscientious about following the guidelines listed in Question 57 for taking Fosamax or any bisphosphonate medication. You must take Actonel with PLAIN water on an empty stomach and remain upright (sitting or standing) for 30 minutes. Actonel must be taken prior to...

Thought I heard that it is better to live in a warmer climate to prevent osteoporosis Is that true

Warm weather would not prevent osteoporosis. There would be no mechanism for it to do that. In fact, the rates of hip fractures are higher among southern states in the United States, probably due to the higher percentage of older individuals living in those areas. However, there are some advantages to warmer climates when it comes to preventing and treating osteoporosis. For example, a warmer climate usually means being outside more. Although you are likely to get more exposure to sunshine...

How does osteoporosis occur

Osteoporosis, or bone loss, occurs when the process of bone breakdown and bone formation gets out of balance. The cells that cause bone breakdown (osteoclasts) start to make canals and holes in the bone faster than the cells that cause bone formation (osteoblasts) can make new bone to fill in the holes. The bone becomes Figure 3 Microscopic view of osteoporotic bone. Courtesy of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH). Figure 3 Microscopic view of osteoporotic...

What does menopause have to do with osteoporosis Are there different kinds of osteoporosis

There are actually two types of osteoporosis primary osteoporosis and secondary osteoporosis. Either type can affect men, women, and children. Primary osteoporosis is age-related and affects women more severely and earlier in life than men. Secondary osteoporosis is caused by other disease processes or medications used to treat various diseases or problems. Secondary osteoporosis is also more common in women because the illnesses that cause bone loss or the problems that require medications...

How long will I be treated for osteoporosis How will I know if the treatments are working

Osteoporosis is beginning to get the scrutiny and concern that it deserves. Up to now, osteoporosis has received little attention, possibly because it causes no pain unless you break a bone or because many people associate it with normal aging. Few therapies for osteoporosis have been tested for use for longer than 10 years, except estrogen, which was approved for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis in 1972. Despite this, treatment for primary osteoporosis is usually ongoing unless...

Didronel etidronate is usually prescribed for Pagets disease Is it ever prescribed for osteoporosis

Didronel (etidronate) is another bisphosphonate. It is FDA-approved for Paget's disease, high calcium levels related to cancer, and rare bone conditions related to hip replacement surgery, but not for osteoporosis. Outside of the United States, Didronel is used for osteoporosis. It works a little differently from other bisphosphonates in that it kills off the osteoclasts (the cells that break down bone). Nonetheless, Didronel has been very effective in reducing osteoporosis-related fractures,...

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Table 6 Vitamins and Minerals for Bone Health (cont.) Table 6 Vitamins and Minerals for Bone Health (cont.) Women and Men 31-50 y 200 IU Women and Men 51-70 y 400 IU Women and Men > 71 y 600 IU Frail elderly 800 IU Fatty fish fortified milk, margarine, and cereals Women > 19 y 90 mcg Men > 19 y 120 mcg Eggs, milk, spinach, many leafy green vegetables, broccoli, liver, cabbage Helps to make osteocalcin S for new bone believed to Women and Men > 14 y 400 mcg Pregnancy 400-600 mcg (high...

What is Evista raloxifene What is a SERM and why is it effective in the treatment of osteoporosis

Evista (raloxifene) is the only FDA-approved selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. You may be more familiar with tamoxifen, a SERM used in the treatment of breast cancer. A SERM binds with some estrogen receptor sites around the body. Although raloxifene is not a hormone, it has an estrogen-like effect in some body tissues such as bone and has an estrogen-blocking effect on other tissues such as breast and uterus....

What about the new lowdose hormone patch Menostar estradiol that is used to prevent osteoporosis

Menostar (estradiol) was FDA-approved in 2004 for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. It is a dime-sized transdermal patch that delivers about 14 micrograms of estrogen per day. A new patch is applied every week. Because your body absorbs the estrogen from the patch through the skin, you can avoid the liver first-pass effect, meaning that the hormone is not metabolized through your liver. Instead, it can go directly into the bloodstream. The estrogen that is used in this patch is...

What should I tell my family about osteoporosis Will it curtail activities with them

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you should definitely discuss the diagnosis with your partner. First, your partner should know if you are on any new medications, so he or she can help support you in following the new regimen and watch for reactions. Second, you and your partner should discuss how your lives might be affected by osteoporosis. New medications can present some challenges to your schedule and that of your partner. If you are taking one of the bisphosphonates, you will...

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