Each year, more than 300,000 Americans ages 65 and older are hospitalized after a hip fracture, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all the fractures happen from a fall. And a key factor in falls is poor balance.
Heel ultrasound scans can be a quick and easy screening tool to measure bone density. But the National Osteoporosis Foundation advises some people to skip the scan and have another test instead.
The claim: Following an anti-inflammatory diet can lower the risk of developing osteoporosis. But what does the evidence show?
Although weight-loss surgery clearly provides health benefits, it also has some risks—including an increased risk of bone loss and fracture.
About 10 prescription drugs have been approved to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Experts are still debating about who should take the drugs besides people with osteoporosis. After some of the drugs were also approved for osteopenia two decades ago, many women (and some men) with the condition started taking them, raising concerns about overtreatment. But in recent years the treatment pendulum seems to have swung in the opposite direction, with more women with osteopenia hesitating to take the drugs, often because of concerns about their side effects.
Humans need calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones. And drinking milk that's fortified with vitamin D is an easy way to get those nutrients. But does that mean drinking milk will help prevent osteoporosis-related fractures?