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Posts Tagged ‘bone health’

Study: Not Only Bone Density, But Also Quality of Bone Predicts Fracture Risk

October 18, 2013

Not all bones are created equal. Or at least that’s what the findings from a recent study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio revealed.

The study, which looked at abnormal bone property in children who suffered from vertebral fractures, or had been the subject of a solid organ transplant, is the first to document bone compositional changes in children. Using histomorphometry and infrared spectroscopy, the study suggests that the understanding the rate of bone deterioration may be more important indicator of future problems than bone density itself.

Simply stated, bone histomorphometry is a way to measure the shape and form of bone tissue to arrive at a fuller understanding of the bone’s architecture, while spectroscopic technology provides a way to accomplish that goal by studying the interaction between matter and radiated energy.

One of the leading causes for increased risk factors of bone fractures is the disease known as osteoporosis. Characterized by abnormal bone formations, osteoporosis has no symptoms but generally results in what’s known as fragility fractures that typically target the hips, ribs, wrists, and vertebral column of the sufferer. Whereas earlier studies focused on measuring bone density, this latest study suggests that the quality of the bone, rather than bone density, may be the better indicator of bone fragility problems in children.

The new study confirms that to study remodeling balance in younger patients, bone histomorphometry is needed in clinical studies to better understand the effects on children. Study researchers emphasized how bone histomorphometry provides valuable information that can aid in an accurate diagnosis and treatment regime, which is especially important when treating pediatric patients.

“Especially in clinically challenging scenarios where different treatment options are being considered, bone histomorphometry provides valuable information. An accurate diagnosis and choice of medication are especially important when treating pediatric patients.” Said study author Dr. Inari Tamminen in a recent Science Daily article.

Osteoporosis screening is an easy way to determine the health of a patient’s bones and annual screenings are highly recommended for anyone who at risk for bone density loss. Life Line Screening provides painless osteoporosis screenings for those interested. Learn more about it today.

 




How to Nix Knee Pain the Natural Way

October 8, 2013

Knee pain can put a damper on any type of lifestyle. The constant pain that can occur during movement and all of those popping sounds you may be hearing can be disheartening. You probably already realize that pain killers don’t always get the job done when it comes to knee pain. Plus, it’s no fun to be reliant on pain relievers.

Luckily, there is good news. It is possible to relieve your knee pain without having to rely solely on medications. Just make sure you discuss any pain remedies with your doctor, especially before stopping use of a medication.

According to Prevention.com, choosing a healthy diet and the correct type of exercise can reduce inflammation – a direct contributor to knee and joint pain. This is especially true if your knee pain is caused due to osteoarthritis.

A study completed by Wake Forest University found that knee pain sufferers who ate a balanced diet and exercised three days a week had a 45% reduction in their pain levels. Along with the reduction in pain came gains in mobility and weight loss.

 

Diet

When it comes to what you eat, a balanced diet designed for weight loss may be the best choice. Choosing a low calorie diet that includes a larger percentage of vegetables than any other type of food can help you to lose weight, which in turn reduces the burden felt by your knees.

 

Exercise

For healthy exercise, you don’t have to have a strenuous workout. Three times a week for an hour mixing strength training and brisk walking will benefit your joints and even help you lose excess weight. Plus, it may also benefit your cardiovascular system and overall health.

 

Natural Supplements

Natural supplements may also help with joint paint. An article from the Hospital for Special Surgery website reveals that taking high doses of calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements can help strengthen the bones and joints while reducing inflammation.

As you age, your bones and joints become more susceptible to pain and inflammation. To keep them healthy and relieve pain naturally, it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget about the health of your bones. If they’re taken care of, they can keep you moving for years to come.

Learn more about the osteoporosis screening provided by Life Line Screening to see if you may be at risk for bone density loss today.




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