Tag Archives: bone density

Rheumatoid arthritis

What is rheumatoid arthritis?  It’s an autoimmune disease (where your body fights itself) causing inflammation of the soft tissue lining the joints.  Joint swelling occurs because the immune system can’t distinguish itself from foreign invaders causing antibodies against itself. Are … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (And the Alternatives)

When I started med school, estrogen was a panacea—beneficial for nearly every postmenopausal ailment: mood, heart and bone.  Then in 2002 the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trial was published.  This showed that combined estrogen with progesterone increased the risk of … Continue reading

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Do your bones deserve a density screening?

New update!  Federal recommendations provide more detail on when to screen women UNDER age 65 for osteoporosis.    Osteoporosis is when bones are less dense and therefore, are more likely to break, or fracture. White people are at higher risk of … Continue reading

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Bone health

I’ve seen three fractures in the past week.  This makes me think of bone health: how to make (AND  KEEP) strong bones. Good nutrition is important! Calcium 1000 mg a day for children through adulthood.  Milk with every meal is … Continue reading

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Vitamin D: Is it the new magical pill?

Vitamin D.  Is it a panacea?   We now know how important Vitamin D is to the body and how hard it is to get the recommended daily allowance when it is raining here in Wichita.  New guidelines show infants, … Continue reading

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