Osteoporosis FAQ

Osteoporosis FAQ

Questions and Answers About Osteoporosis

Should everyone have bone measurement testing?

No, these are not screening tests. You should discuss your risk factors, such as age, medications, medical history and family history with your physician. Together, you can decide on the usefulness of this test for you.

I had bone testing done and the results were normal. Am I safe?

No. The ability of bone strength testing to predict fractures is limited. The fact that one site has a normal result does not guarantee that bone density is normal in other sites. Also, loss of bone density continues with age. Therefore, steps to decrease the loss of bone strength are important regardless of the results of this test.

The testing that I had done showed that I have osteoporosis, and now my family thinks that I will break a bone if I do anything active. Is this fear real?

No. Osteoporosis is an important indicator of the risk of fracture, but it is only one factor. Lifestyle and environmental factors are also important. A diagnosis of osteoporosis should indicate the need to take steps to minimize the risk of a fracture.

For example, check the home health hazards such as electric cords or loose rugs; eliminating these risks will help minimize the chance of a fall. Additionally, you should increase your calcium intake and discuss with your physician an appropriate exercise program and the use of medication to improve your bone density.

How often should I have bone measurement testing?

Repeating the test at intervals of less than two years usually will not lead to useful results.

Questions for your doctor

What are my risk factors for osteoporosis?

Should I be taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) regardless of the bone measurement test result? If so, what are my risk factors for other problems such as heart disease?

What would you recommend if the test shows:

Normal value (-1.0)

Osteonenia (low bone mass -1.0 to -2.5)

Osteoporosis (-2.5 or below)

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FAQ

How quickly does osteoporosis progress?

While some bone is lost each year, the rate of bone loss increases dramatically in the 5 to 10 years after menopause. Then, for several years, the breakdown of bone occurs at a much greater pace than the building of new bone. This is the process that eventually causes osteoporosis.

What does osteoporosis stop you from doing?

Treating osteoporosis means stopping the bone loss and rebuilding bone to prevent breaks. Healthy lifestyle choices such as proper diet, exercise, and medications can help prevent further bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. But, lifestyle changes may not be enough if you have lost a lot of bone density.

Can you stop osteoporosis from getting worse?

Your doctor diagnoses osteoporosis based on bone density loss. You can have different degrees of the condition, and catching it early can help you prevent the condition from worsening. You cannot reverse bone loss on your own.

Can you live a normal life with osteoporosis?

Women younger than 75 years and men under 60 years can expect to live at least 15 more years after beginning treatment for osteoporosis, according to a new observational study.

Should I worry if I have osteoporosis?

Talk with your doctor about an earlier scan if you have any warning signs or risk factors for osteoporosis: a bone fracture after age 50. sudden back pain. loss of height or increasingly stooped posture.

Will osteoporosis shorten my life?

Osteoporosis that leads to compression fractures will shorten your lifespan. Research clearly shows that people who fall and collapse a vertebra die sooner than people of the same age who do not have compression fractures,” says Isador H.

What not to eat if you have osteoporosis?

7 Foods to Avoid When You Have Osteoporosis

* Salt.

* Caffeine.

* Soda.

* Red Meat.

* Alcohol.

* Wheat Bran.

* Liver and Fish Liver Oil.

What organs are affected by osteoporosis?

About 2 million fractures in the US each year are due to osteoporosis. Although all bones can be affected by the disease, the bones of the spine, hip, and wrist are most likely to break.

Is walking good for osteoporosis?

You can prevent bone loss with regular exercise, such as walking. If you have osteoporosis or fragile bones, regular brisk walking can help to keep your bones strong and reduce the risk of a fracture in the future.

How bad is it to have osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Osteoporosis leads to hip fractures and, according to Sellmeyer, around 25 percent of people die within the first six to 12 months after a hip fracture.