Osteoporosis

Common Name(s)

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. When you are young, your body typically makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone. This leads to dense bone mass (strong bones). When the creation of new bone is unable to keep up with the removal of old bone, they become weak and brittle. If osteoporosis is severe enough, a crack or break (fracture) within the bone can occur from something as minor as a fall or even from a normal action, like coughing. Symptoms of osteoporosis may include back pain, decrease in height, a hunched posture, and increased risk of bone fractures.

Most people reach their peak bone mass by their early 20s. Individuals with a high peak bone mass when they are young have a lower chance of developing osteoporosis as they age. Gender, age, and race are all risk factors for developing osteoporosis. Women, individuals who are white or of Asian descent, and the elderly have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Low calcium intake, eating disorders, and gastrointestinal surgery can also cause a greater risk for osteoporosis. Certain medications, especially steroids, as well as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle all increase the risk for osteoporosis.

Specific types of X-ray images, called DXA scans, may be used to determine your bone density and diagnose osteoporosis. There are many forms of treatment, depending on the severity. It is important to talk to your doctor, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, to review the current treatment options.

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Osteoporosis" for support, advocacy or research.

HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

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Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Osteoporosis" returned 2390 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Evidence based anti-osteoporosis effects of Periplaneta americana L on osteoblasts, osteoclasts, vascular endothelial cells and bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells.
 

Author(s): Yan-Fen Huang, Long-Jian Li, Si-Qian Gao, Yang Chu, Jie Niu, Fu-Neng Geng, Yong-Mei Shen, Li-Hua Peng

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Kangfuxin (KFX) is the ethanol extract of Periplaneta americana L, which has been widely used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine for the repair and regeneration of injured organ and tissues with long history. This study is to investigate the influence of KFX in the various cellular ...

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2017

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Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis-three challenges-consequences of the vasculitis process, osteoporosis, and malignancy: A prospective cohort study protocol.
 

Author(s): Amir Emamifar, Søren Hess, Oke Gerke, Anne Pernille Hermann, Helle Laustrup, Per Syrak Hansen, Peter Thye-Rønn, Niels Marcussen, Frank Svendstrup, Rannveig Gildberg-Mortensen, Jacob Christian Bang, Ziba Ahangarani Farahani, Stavros Chrysidis, Pia Toftegaard, Rikke Asmussen Andreasen, Sebastian le Greves, Hanne Randi Andersen, Rudolf Nezlo Olsen, Inger Marie Jensen Hansen

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(26):e7297.

 

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) are common inflammatory conditions. The diagnosis of PMR/GCA poses many challenges since there are no specific diagnostic tests. Recent literature emphasizes the ability of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed ...

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2017

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PROTECTIVE EFFECT OF VANILLIC ACID ON OVARIECTOMY-INDUCED OSTEOPOROSIS IN RATS.
 

Author(s): Yong Gui Wang, Liang Bo Jiang, Bo Gou

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The need for an anti-osteoporotic agent is in high demand since osteoporosis contributes to high rates of disability or impairment (high osteoporotic fracture), morbidity and mortality. Hence, the present study is designed to evaluate the protective effects of vanillic acid (VA) against ...

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Osteoporosis" returned 655 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Moxibustion treatment for primary osteoporosis: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Fanping Xu, Minghua Huang, Yi Jin, Qingzhe Kong, Zhongmin Lei, Xu Wei

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Primary osteoporosis (POP) has a serious impact on quality of life for middle-aged and elderly, which particularly increase the risk of fracture. We conducted the systematic review to evaluate the effects of moxibustion for POP in randomized controlled trials (RCTs).Eight databases ...

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2017

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Osteoporosis: the current status of mesenchymal stem cell-based therapy.
 

Author(s): Jitrada Phetfong, Tanwarat Sanvoranart, Kuneerat Nartprayut, Natakarn Nimsanor, Kanokwan Seenprachawong, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Aungkura Supokawej

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Osteoporosis, or bone loss, is a progressive, systemic skeletal disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Osteoporosis is generally age related, and it is underdiagnosed because it remains asymptomatic for several years until the development of fractures that confine daily ...

Last Updated: 24 May 2017

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Qianggu capsule for the treatment of primary osteoporosis: evidence from a Chinese patent medicine.
 

Author(s): Xu Wei, Aili Xu, Hao Shen, Yanming Xie

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Qianggu Capsule, a Chinese patent medicine, has been widely applied in the clinical practice of primary osteoporosis (POP) in recent years. This study aims to summarize the effectiveness and safety of Qianggu Capsule in treating POP.

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2016

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Multicenter Cohort Study on Osteoporosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Osteoporosis

 

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2016

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Study of Male Osteoporosis and Aging
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Osteoporosis

 

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2007

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