FAQs - Osteoporosis Myths and Truths
Are You Too Young to Worry About Osteoporosis? When most people think of osteoporosis, an image of an elderly woman with a dowager’s hump in her upper back comes to mind. If you’re in your teens, twenties, thirties … or anywhere short of 80, you may think you’re too young to worry about bone loss. But are you?
Once You Have Osteoporosis, Will You Always Have a Dowager's Hump? One of the hallmarks of advanced osteoporosis is kyphosis — also known as curvature of the spine or the dowager’s hump seen in the upper back. This can make dressing difficult and can also affect balance and cause discomfort. Many people think that once you have the curvature, it’s there to stay. But is this true?
Because of Family History, Is Osteoporosis Your Destiny? You’ve watched your mother, aunts, and grandmothers age — and witnessed their broken hips or curving spines. You may think that you can’t do anything about your osteoporosis risk. That’s just the way things go for the women in your family, right?
Does Osteopenia Mean I Have To Change My Lifestyle? Before you develop osteoporosis, you may be diagnosed with osteopenia, which means you have some bone loss, but not enough to be diagnosed with osteoporosis. It may be tempting to think you don’t need to worry about a small degree of bone loss. Does it mean you have to do anything differently?
Do I Need More Vitamin D? You may have heard that vitamin D is in certain foods and that your body can create it from exposure to sunlight, so you might think you get enough vitamin D in your diet or just by running errands outdoors. But do you really get enough vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis and maintain bone health, or do you need to increase your daily intake?
Are Osteoporosis Medications Riskier Than Going Untreated? You’ve heard about the side effects of osteoporosis medications, and you’re left wondering if taking these drugs is more of a risk to you than osteoporosis itself. You’re trying to weigh your options carefully, but you think you’re better off just trying to prevent a fall.
Can Men Get Osteoporosis, Too? Say your aging father or husband breaks his wrist playing a game of tennis. When he gets back from the hospital, he says the doctor told him he might need more calcium and vitamin D. You may suspect he also needs a bone density screening test and osteoporosis treatment. But do men get osteoporosis, and do they need medication for it?
Does Exercise Build Bones? Being physically inactive is a strong risk factor for osteoporosis, and exercise is recommended to help strengthen bones and the muscles that support them. You may also have heard that exercise actually builds bones, even if you have bone loss. Can exercise really do all that?