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.
Loss of hip BMD persists after weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity

Loss of hip BMD persists after weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity

Too much Vitamin D could be harmful to bones

Too much Vitamin D could be harmful to bones

A single cholesterol-derived molecule promotes adiposity

A single cholesterol-derived molecule promotes adiposity

Empa researchers aim to gain a better understanding of bone failure

Empa researchers aim to gain a better understanding of bone failure

First-of-its-kind study shows two out of three Danes suffer from chronic conditions

First-of-its-kind study shows two out of three Danes suffer from chronic conditions

Study shows link between family history of diabetes and increased bone mineral density

Study shows link between family history of diabetes and increased bone mineral density

Study investigates association between migraine diagnoses and dementia

Study investigates association between migraine diagnoses and dementia

Doctors should not rely on 'one-size-fits-all' guidelines when recommending vitamin D supplements

Doctors should not rely on 'one-size-fits-all' guidelines when recommending vitamin D supplements

Osteoporosis drugs associated with reduced risk of premature mortality

Osteoporosis drugs associated with reduced risk of premature mortality

Study links bone strength to timing of puberty

Study links bone strength to timing of puberty

Study maps bone marrow niche populations and their differentiation paths

Study maps bone marrow niche populations and their differentiation paths

Appendicular muscle mass can be effective strategy for predicting longevity in older people

Appendicular muscle mass can be effective strategy for predicting longevity in older people

Skin cancer risk falls with higher dietary vitamin A intake

Skin cancer risk falls with higher dietary vitamin A intake

High levels of vitamin A linked to reduced skin cancer risk

High levels of vitamin A linked to reduced skin cancer risk

Dietary vitamin A may protect against common skin cancer

Dietary vitamin A may protect against common skin cancer

APS study on shark vertebrae may help develop better treatments for bone diseases in humans

APS study on shark vertebrae may help develop better treatments for bone diseases in humans

Employing new federal rule on health insurance plans could save money

Employing new federal rule on health insurance plans could save money

New federal health insurance rule could help millions of Americans save money on drugs and care

New federal health insurance rule could help millions of Americans save money on drugs and care

Mother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter dies

Mother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter dies

Review provides new recommendations to manage menopausal symptoms after breast cancer

Review provides new recommendations to manage menopausal symptoms after breast cancer