100 Questions & Answers About Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, by Ivy M. Alexander (Author) Karla A. Knight (Author)

By Ivy M. Alexander (Author) Karla A. Knight (Author)

Nearly ten million americans have osteoporosis and thirty-four million have osteopenia (low bone mass) with many extra in danger. even if you think you have those stipulations or have a chum or relative with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this informative booklet deals aid for women and men of every age. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, moment version, offers authoritative sensible solutions on your questions on therapies, way of life judgements to enhance bone overall healthiness, assets of help, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and lots more and plenty extra. This re-creation has been thoroughly revised and up to date with the most recent details.

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Some studies have shown that statins can reduce the risk of hip fractures by as much as 30%. QXP 11/20/09 11:34 AM Page 33 100 Q&A ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA Risk Factors and Testing with a decreased risk of fracture and suggest that further study of the relationship between statins and bone health is needed. Although they may increase bone density, statins are not used to treat or prevent osteoporosis. If you are taking a thiazide diuretic, such as Diuril®, Aquazide®, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), and Esidrix®, to lower your blood pressure, you may be preventing bone loss, at least while you’re taking it.

Body mass index (BMI) A calculation that takes into account both weight and height; there are ranges established to identify underweight (<18), normal weight (18–25), overweight (>25), and obese (>30). 5. QXP 11/20/09 11:34 AM Page 24 100 Q&A ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA risk for osteoporosis is increased, even though a BMI between 18 and 25 is considered normal. A BMI of 26–28 provides some protection, and a BMI of > 28 increases risk because of the association with reduced activity. If you are > 5' 4" tall and weigh 127 pounds or less, or if your BMI is < 22, you are more at risk for osteoporosis.

Both men and women who are overweight or obese have more circulating sex hormones, which assist in maintaining normal bone mass. Still, it’s not clear if being overweight actually lowers the risk of fracture. Some older studies indicate that the risk of fracture is reduced in overweight women. But in later studies this risk is the same as those for normalweight women. Unfortunately, being obese carries with it enormous health problems, so it’s still considered advisable for overweight individuals to lose weight.

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