By Ivy M. Alexander
Nearly ten million american citizens have osteoporosis and thirty-four million have osteopenia (low bone mass) with many extra in danger. even if you believe you have got those stipulations or have a chum or relative with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this informative booklet bargains aid for women and men of every age. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, moment version presents authoritative, functional solutions on your questions about healing procedures, way of life judgements to enhance bone healthiness, assets of help, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and masses extra. New issues within the moment version comprise: FRAX® New drug details during the publication Osteonecrosis of the jaw nationwide Osteoporosis origin (NOF) and bone loss trying out
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But if you are African American, you are still at significant risk— 10% of African-American women have osteoporosis. Over 300,000 African-American women have osteoporosis, and approximately 90% of the fractures sustained by elderly African-American women are due to osteoporosis. As African-American women age, their risk for fracture doubles every 7 years, and the mortality rates following hip fractures are greater among African-American than Caucasian women. Similarly, older white males are also more likely to get osteoporosis than their African-American or Hispanic counterparts.
So as you get older, you are more likely to develop osteoporosis. While osteoporosis can affect women and men at any age, it most commonly affects postmenopausal women and older men. The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that 75% of all cases of osteoporosis are diagnosed in white women over the age of 50. As men age, they too can develop osteoporosis, but it’s much more likely to occur in men who are well into late life. qxd 31/1/06 04:44 PM Page 21 100 Q&A ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS AND OSTEOPENIA Risk Factors and Testing • Gender.
How is osteoporosis diagnosed? Conventional x-rays are not used to diagnose osteoporosis; however, osteoporosis can sometimes be seen on x-rays. The x-rays used to diagnose a fracture can show osteoporosis, but only if you have a significant amount of bone loss, that is, 30% to 40%. There are, however, other tests that can be used specifically to evaluate your bone health. All bone mineral density (BMD) tests are safe, painless, and noninvasive. Most of the tests subject you to no more radiation than that received from the atmosphere during a crosscountry airplane trip.