Top Ten Osteoporosis Terms

Pam Flores @phflores Health Guide
  • The following are the top ten osteoporosis terms to help you navigate your recent osteoporosis diagnosis.


    Bone mass

    Our bones contain minerals that make them dense; bone mass is the amount of mineral content in your bones that is measured during a DXA scan.


    Balance exercise

    Balance exercise is any exercise where you challenge your body to balance.  To prevent fractures it is important to have good balance so you don’t fall.  By including balance exercises in your daily workout you’ll be protecting your body from falls and strengthening your muscles which in turn protect the health of your bones. 

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    A fracture is a broken bone.  Spine and hip fractures are the most common type of osteoporotic fracture.


    Functional exercise

    Functional exercise improves how your body moves during activities of daily living.  These exercise help to prevent falls and fractures.



    Fractures of the spine can lead to the forward curving of the spine also referred to as kyphosis or a dowagers hump.


    Peak bone mass

    Most people reach peak bone mass between the ages of 18-25.  Peak bone mass refers to the most bone you will have in your lifetime.



    Resorption is the process of losing bone.  Our bodies’ lose and gain bone throughout our lives.


    Antiresorptive medications

    Antiresorptive medications are used to slow down bone loss.  Within this category of medications are: Fosamax®, Boniva®, Actonel®, Reclast®, Prolia®, Calcitonin®, hormone replacement therapy, Protelos® and Evista®.


    Anabolic medications

    Anabolic medications stimulate new bone growth.  Forteo® is the only anabolic on the market at this time.


    Daily Value

    The FDA lists daily values on food labels.  This information tells you the total nutrients in each product so you can determine if you are meeting your daily vitamin and mineral needs.




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Published On: November 21, 2014