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Osteoporosis Quiz
What Do You Know About Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens a person's bones, making them less dense and more fragile. 1. In which age bracket does bone density peak and the rate of bone loss begin to exceed the rate of bone formation? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Bone formation continues at a pace faster than resorption (bone loss) until peak bone mass (maximum bone density and strength) is reached around age 30. After age 30, bone resorp...
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Long-term use of medications called glucocorticoids can cause loss of bone density. These medications are used to treat a number of diseases, including asthma and arthritis.
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Bone Density Test
Bone Density Test Some women are at greater risk for osteoporosis—the decrease of bone mass and density as a result of the depletion of bone calcium and protein—than others. Your doctor can help you determine your risk of developing osteoporosis by taking your personal and family medical history, and by performing a bone density test or bone mass measurement. What is a bone density test? A bone density test, also known as bone mass measurement or bone mineral density test, measures the strength and dens...
Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk
Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk Osteoporosis is a disease that causes rapid thinning of bones. Over time, this weakens the bones and can make them more likely to break. About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and 80 percent of them are women, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) says. About 34 million more have below-normal bone density that hasn't reached the level of osteoporosis. Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis, in part because men have larger, stronger bones. Both...
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease in which there is a loss of bone mass and destruction of bone tissue. This process causes weakening of the bones and makes them more likely to break. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists. Who is affected by osteoporosis? Osteoporosis affects over 10 million Americans over the age of 50, with women four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Another 34 million Americans over the age of 50 h...