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Men and Osteoporosis

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The Faces of Osteoporosis

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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.

What's the issue?

Sleep apnea and bone loss

There are many medical conditions that have a negative impact on bone health. Researchers are now linking sleep apnea with bone loss. A recent study has concluded that “People diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) are at increased risk for subsequent osteoporosis.” 

This study shows an association between OSA and osteoporosis (defined in the study as a T-score ≤-2.5), but not that OAS causes osteoporosis. The study also does not begin to address any number of possible ways that OSA can contribute to the bone loss, (such as oxygen deprivation, increased free radicals, increased inflammatory cytokines, increased bone resorption, decreased bone formation, etc.). Although it is not clear what mechanism(s) may be in play, previous studies have shown that OSA leads to increased rates of bone turnover that can be reversed with the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy - a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

We do not know for sure if OSA increases rates of bone loss and fracture risk. We also do not know the specific way that OSA impacts bone health. There are many other chronic conditions that people with OSA have, including diabetes and daytime drowsiness that can lead to increased fracture risk. It is likely that, based on other studies, all of these mechanisms play a role in a true causal link between untreated OSA and osteoporosis (increased fracture risk).

If you have sleep apnea, talk with your doctor about the best way for you to treat it.