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The Faces of Osteoporosis

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BONEBRIEF: Don't Fear Calcium!

Only take what you need, if you need it.

Two studies of calcium have been published trying to answer the long-standing question about risk versus benefit. The results are not at all surprising. It is very difficult to show that any treatment can reduce the risk of fractures. The most powerful osteoporosis drugs only reduce the risk of non-spine fractures by about 30%.  If calcium has any affect, it might be in the 10-15% range – barely noticeable.

The two studies looked at enhanced calcium intake: one from dietary sources (food) alone and one from supplements. In the study looking at food sources of calcium, the researchers found that dietary calcium is not associated with the risk of fracture, but there is no evidence that increasing calcium intake from food actually prevents fractures. The other study concluded that the evidence that calcium supplements prevent fractures is weak and inconsistent.


Atypical Femur Fractures and Osteoporosis Medications

A recent study has renewed worries among doctors and their patients about a rare but serious thigh fracture. Unlike osteoporotic or other low trauma fractures, researchers are connecting AFFs with long term use of certain osteoporosis drugs. 

This treatment "backfire" is preventable if you know the reasons and early signs. 


African Americans Need Less Vitamin D and Calcium

Calcium and vitamin D are two of the cornerstones of bone health –vitamin D helps calcium get absorbed into the body where it provides the mineral strength in bone. Calcium metabolism a very dynamic process and genetics plays a strong role. Because of differences in genetics, African Americans may not require the same amount of calcium and vitamin D to maintain good bone health as other ethnic groups.   

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Fracture Risk in African Americans

Compared with Caucasians and other ethnic groups, African Americans have a lower risk of breaking a bone in their lifetime.1-3 The best explanations are genetic differences in bone size, bone density, bone structure and possibly differences in calcium regulation.

Despite the general statement of lower risk, there are two areas of growing concern for African Americans: 1) fracture risk may be rising4 and, 2) fractures increase dramatically after age 75. 

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BONESENSE: Kids and caffeine

Kids and Caffeine

Kids are in the most critical stage of bone health in their life. Yet they are bombarded with all forms of potentially bone depleting beverages such as tea, coffee, soda, or “energy’ drinks.  Should you be worried? Yes.

What is the problem?

During childhood, the skeleton is growing at an incredible pace. During the 4 years around puberty (age 9-14), children build about 40% of the bone they will have their entire lifetime. As the bones grow longer, lots of calcium is needed.

There are two major issues with kids and caffeine....

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BONESENSE: Large study raises concerns about milk consumption for adults

A new study of two large populations of Swedish men and women suggests that a sizable intake of milk was associated with higher risk of death in a large group of women and men, and with a higher risk of fractures in women (but not in men). The associations appeared to be stronger in women than men. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, tracked 106,000 Swedish men and women for up to 23 years. The researchers added that we should be cautious in interpreting the results because of the nature of the study, which cannot prove causality.

How to interpret the results of recent milk study in adults.

BONESENSE on Heel Ultrasounds

There are many ultrasound machines in the community - at the drug store, your doctor’s office and especially at health fairs. Is a heel ultrasound screening worth removing your shoe for? Probably not. 

Here's why. 

Vibration Platforms Are Not Ready for Bone Health

Because bone building cells respond to electrical impulses generated through the bones by impact activities, it was thought that creating a platform to deliver vibration could act on the cellular mechanism in a similar way and benefit bone health.

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