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Bone Mineral Density in RA

Researchers in the Netherlands examined the bone mineral density in patients who were recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis after 1 year of treatment with DMARDS, anti-TNF or corticosteroids. The results were part of the BeSt study which compared four different treatments in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Three hundred and forty two patients were evaluated and [...]

High Impact Sports Improve Bone Density in Older Athletes

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that high impact sports increase bone mineral density in older athletes. Although it is well known that weight bearing exercise and impact activities increase bone mineral density and help prevent osteoporosis, little research has been done on older athletes. This study evaluated 560 athletes competing in [...]

Heel Ultrasound May Help Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures

A DEXA scan, dual-energy X-ray absorbitometry scan, is used to identify low bone mineral density. Identifying individuals with low bone mineral density helps to determine future fracture risk. The calcaneus is the heel bone and a calcaneal ultrasound is a technique used to estimate bone mineral density. It is not as accurate as a DEXA [...]

Competitive Cyclists at Risk of Osteoporosis

Bone is composed of minerals, protein and living cells. Calcium and phosphate form an extremely hard crystal-like structure called hydroxyapatite. The protein collagen forms an intricate network of strong fibrous bands to which the crystals attach. The combined properties of the hydroxyapatite and the collagen create the amazing strength of bone. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are [...]

Impact Exercise Decreases Risk of Fracture & Osteoporosis

Physical activity is the most important factor for the development and maintenance of healthy bones. A study in the July/August issue of Sports Health found weight bearing activities to be effective at increasing bone mineral density and preventing fractures and diseases, such as osteoporosis. It has been know for years that weight bearing activities increase [...]

Moderate Alcohol Intake May Improve Bone Density

In a recent study evaluating alcohol intake and bone mineral density, researchers found that moderate alcohol intake in older men and postmenopausal women is associated with greater bone mineral density. The study data was obtained from the Framingham Study and included 1182 men, 1289 postmenopausal women and 248 premenopausal women. Bone mineral density measurements were [...]

Running Increases Bone Density

Bone is a living tissue and it reacts to the forces acting upon it, this includes muscle tension during exercise. Physical activity benefits bone through muscles exerting forces on the bone and by suppressing bone breakdown. These effects may enhance the strength of the skeletal system without necessarily increasing bone mineral density. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Mediterranean Diet Impacts Skeletal Health

A study from the University of Athens in Greece determined that adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet has a significant impact on bone mass and skeletal health in women. Features of the Mediterranean diet include high consumption of fish and olive oil, low intakes of red meat, an abundance of plant foods and olive oil, low [...]