Facts and advice to help people understand and prevent osteoporosis
There are an estimated 55 million Americans over the age of 50 who have low bone mass. This easy-to-understand guide helps readers assess their risk and find a practical approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis. It covers bone density tests and a wide range of treatment options for osteoporosis-from hormone replacement therapy and acupuncture to calcium-rich foods, supplements, and exercise-and offers pointers on preventing broken hips and other common fractures.
Carolyn Riester O'Connor, MD, is certified in bone densitometry and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Sharon Perkins, RN, is the coauthor of Breastfeeding For Dummies and Fertility For Dummies.
Introduction. Part I: Understanding Your Bones. Chapter 1: Boning Up on Osteoporosis. Chapter 2: Loving the Living Tissue Called Bone. Chapter 3: Breaking Down the Risk Factors. Chapter 4: Men and Kids Get Osteoporosis, Too. Part II: Keeping Your Bones Healthy. Chapter 5: Eating Right for Good Bones. Chapter 6: Exercising for Strong Bones. Part III: Diagnosing and Treating Osteoporosis. Chapter 7: Facing the Consequences of Bones Gone Bad. Chapter 8: Finding (and Paying For) a Doctor to Treat Osteoporosis. Chapter 9: Testing Your Bones. Chapter 10: Taking Prescription Drugs for Osteoporosis. Chapter 11: Keeping Bones Strong with Over-the-Counter Supplements. Chapter 12: Managing Pain from Osteoporosis. Chapter 13: Recovering from a Fracture When You Have Osteoporosis. Chapter 14: Focusing on the Future of Osteoporosis. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 15: Ten Surprising Sources of Calcium. Chapter 16: Ten Things You Need to Know about Bones. Chapter 17: Ten Resources for Finding Out More about Osteoporosis. Chapter 18: Top Ten Questions Dr. O Connor s Patients Ask about Osteoporosis. Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Parenting Tips to Build Strong Bones. Appendix: Reviewing Osteoporosis Programs State by State. Glossary. Index.