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

By Ivy M. Alexander, Karla A. Knight

Nearly ten million american citizens have osteoporosis and thirty-four million have osteopenia (low bone mass) and plenty of hundreds of thousands are in danger. no matter if you believe you've osteoporosis, you latterly discovered that you've got bone loss, or are a pal or relative of somebody with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this booklet bargains support for women and men, younger or previous. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia offers authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions about remedies, way of life judgements to enhance bone wellbeing and fitness, resources of aid, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and lots more and plenty extra. Written through a nurse practitioner and a nurse, this booklet is a useful source for a person dealing with the actual and emotional demanding situations of osteoporosis and similar stipulations.

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Heavy drinking interferes with calcium absorption as well as the osteoblast activity in bone formation. Ironically, two beers per day for men and two glasses of wine per day for women have been associated with increased bone mineral density. However, more alcohol than this increases your risk of osteoporosis instead of your bone mineral density. • Excessive caffeine intake. It’s not entirely clear exactly how caffeine affects your risk for osteoporosis. One study found that the risk of hip fracture was increased if more than two cups of coffee or four cups of tea were consumed per day.

Qxd 31/1/06 04:44 PM Page 40 100 Q&A ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA Figure 6 Progression of spine deformity and the loss of height. Note that organs become compressed or shifted in position with progression of osteoporosis. Courtesy of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). are isolated from friends and family as a result, for example, of a hip fracture. Later, when your hip has healed, you might become fearful of venturing out again, causing you ongoing isolation from friends and family (see Question 82).

Conflicting study results aside, moderate caffeine intake (1–2 servings of caffeinated beverages per day) is not likely to affect your bones if you get adequate calcium and Vitamin D. 5 mg You should also be aware that if you are drinking lots of coffee, tea, and soda, you are likely drinking fewer of the calcium-rich beverages such as milk and orange juice. qxd 31/1/06 04:44 PM Page 23 100 Q&A ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA Risk Factors and Testing • Excessive soda intake. While phosphorus is needed for normal bone development, too much of it can cause bone loss.

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