Osteoporosis News and Research

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Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic bone disease that causes a decrease in bone density and gives rise to weak, fragile bones that are prone to fracture. Most commonly, these fractures occur in the spine, wrist and hips when a person falls or bumps into something. If such an event triggers a visit to the doctor, a test of the bone mineral density called a DEXA scan may be performed and reveal osteoporosis.

The term osteoporosis refers to the porous (spongy) state of bone that eventually manifests as the bone’s ability to replenish itself declines over time. When individuals reach the age of around 40, the rate of bone breakdown starts to exceed the rate at which it is replaced, creating increasingly larger holes in the bone that make it less dense and more prone to fracture.

Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis such as gender, age and family history for the condition cannot be changed. However, factors such as diet and activity level can be improved to increase bone strength and individuals are advised to exercise regularly, eat a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, and quit any smoking or drinking habits.

Osteoporosis is currently thought to be affecting more than 200 million people worldwide but is most common among older, post-menopausal women who have reduced levels of estrogen, an important contributor to bone health.
One out of two children not getting enough nutrients needed for their health

One out of two children not getting enough nutrients needed for their health

Researchers develop revolutionary zebrafish model to gain more insight into bone diseases

Researchers develop revolutionary zebrafish model to gain more insight into bone diseases

Soy-based whole foods may have positive impact on bone strength for women

Soy-based whole foods may have positive impact on bone strength for women

Football training helps improve bone health in 55-70-year-olds with prediabetes

Football training helps improve bone health in 55-70-year-olds with prediabetes

Researchers use magnetic surgical cement for spinal fractures and targeted drug delivery

Researchers use magnetic surgical cement for spinal fractures and targeted drug delivery

New technique allows researchers to create large scale, personalized bone grafts

New technique allows researchers to create large scale, personalized bone grafts

Novel bioengineering technique could help repair bone defects

Novel bioengineering technique could help repair bone defects

UCLA researchers uncover gene that controls equilibrium of bone and fat in bone marrow

UCLA researchers uncover gene that controls equilibrium of bone and fat in bone marrow

Blood telomeres can help predict risk of disease worsening or death in COPD patients

Blood telomeres can help predict risk of disease worsening or death in COPD patients

Study finds no significant link between whole dairy products and heart disease, stroke

Study finds no significant link between whole dairy products and heart disease, stroke

Study: Eating Mediterranean-type diet could reduce bone loss in osteoporosis patients

Study: Eating Mediterranean-type diet could reduce bone loss in osteoporosis patients

Newly discovered nanobody holds promise to advance targeted therapies for several diseases

Newly discovered nanobody holds promise to advance targeted therapies for several diseases

Vitamin D assay from CLC paves way for disease diagnosis

Vitamin D assay from CLC paves way for disease diagnosis

Study finds vitamin D deficiency in many pregnant women

Study finds vitamin D deficiency in many pregnant women

Unique FoodSwitch app suggests healthier alternatives

Unique FoodSwitch app suggests healthier alternatives

Sun avoidance may be almost as hazardous to health as cigarette smoking

Sun avoidance may be almost as hazardous to health as cigarette smoking

Urgent steps needed to tackle low vitamin D intakes in UK South-Asians

Urgent steps needed to tackle low vitamin D intakes in UK South-Asians

Probiotics could cut age-related bone loss in elderly women

Probiotics could cut age-related bone loss in elderly women

BetterYou’s new Magnesium Bone Lotion helps maximize bone health

BetterYou’s new Magnesium Bone Lotion helps maximize bone health

Circulating bone turnover markers not linked to hip fracture risk, shows study

Circulating bone turnover markers not linked to hip fracture risk, shows study