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Of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, 8 in 10 are women. Women have a higher risk of bone loss because their bones are smaller and they lose bone more rapidly than men due to hormone changes that occur with menopause. A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health.
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Bone X-ray (Radiography) (Copyright © Radiological Society of North America) — This publication contains information on Bone Radiography, common uses of the procedure, how to prepare for the procedure, how the procedure works, common experiences during the procedure, what the equipment looks like, who may interpret the results and how a patient may obtain them, the risks and benefits and the limitation of Bone Radiography.
Calcium and Vitamin D: Important at Every Age — This publication provides information on why vitamin D and calcium are important for your health and your bones.
Once Is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Future Fractures — This fact sheet will help you better understand the relationship between fractures and osteoporosis, so you can take action now to strengthen and protect your bones. It also explains the osteoporosis evaluation procedure.
Oral Health and Bone Disease — This publication provides information on skeletal bone density and tooth loss, periodontitis and bone health, and taking steps towards having health bones and teeth.
Osteoporosis — This fact sheet describes what osteoporosis is, lists facts and figures, gives guidelines for calcium intake, and other preventative tips.
Osteoporosis — This publication contains general information about osteoporosis, such as what causes it, who's at risk, and how you can lower your chances of getting it.
Osteoporosis — Frequently Asked Questions (Copyright © National Osteoporosis Foundation) — This resource addresses common osteoporosis-related questions on topics such as calcium, exercise, and medications.
Osteoporosis Treatments That Help Prevent Broken Bones — If you are a woman with osteoporosis or at risk for it, this guide will help you to find the right treatments to prevent broken bones. It covers the different options available, how well they work, possible side effects, and price information.
Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief — This publication explains what osteoporosis is and who is at risk. It also provides information on prevention and treatment options.
Osteoporosis: The Diagnosis — This guide presents information about the steps involved in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. It describes the factors that put someone at risk for osteoporotic fractures and the different tests used to diagnose this disease. There is also information about treatment options.
Standing Strong Against Osteoporosis (Copyright © Alliance for Aging Research) — The materials provided in this kit are important tools in helping you maintain your bones and stand strong against osteoporosis. The kit includes an interactive treatment tool, patient brochure, and videos about osteoporosis.
What Are Ways to Prevent Falls and Related Fractures? — This fact sheet discusses ways to learn how to prevent falls that can help you avoid broken bones and the problems they can cause.
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National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS
National Osteoporosis Foundation
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, NIAMS, NIH, HHS
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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