FAQ about Osteoporosis

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Why is calcium so important?

Adequate amounts of calcium intake are essential to building bone mass, maintaning bone density and slowing the rate of bone loss. Calcium also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction, blood clotting, and is critical to the normal function of all cells and organs in the body. When an inadequate amount of calcium is being absorbed for its needs for proper metabolism and circulation, the body reabsorbs calcium from bone so it can function properly.

Do I need extra magnesium?

A well balanced diet will usually give you all the magnesium you need, particularly if you like avocados, bananas, beans, milk and tofu.

Which vitamins strengthen bones?

Vitamin D is critical for calcium absorption and bone formation. Now, 400 IU to 800 IU daily are recommended. But Vitamin D is not alone—recent studies at UCLA indicate that 1000 miligrames of Vitamin C daily improved the fibrous structure on which calcium crystals are deposited and make for stronger bones. Vitamin K plays a significant role in maintaining bone strength, also.

What is special about having your bone mineral density checked by Lunar DPX Alpha (DXA) densitometry at the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center?

The DXA is computerized and sophisticated, but at the OPTC we insist that an experienced, skilled technician obtains your pertinent medical information and performs the test precisely. The consulting physician, Dr. Robert L. Swezey, MD, FACP, FACR, a specialist in osteoporosis, carefully analyzes the DXA data and your information, and gives his interpretation, explanation and treatement recommendations about your bone density status in his written consultative DXA report.