During pregnancy, it's important for a woman to get enough calcium for herself as well as her growing baby. Most studies show that while some bone loss may occur during pregnancy, a woman usually regains it after giving birth. In fact, studies show that having children, even as many as 10, does not increase a woman's chance of getting osteoporosis later in life.
For women who have pregnancies in their teens, the effects on bone health later in life are still not certain. Teens have not yet reached peak bone mass. More studies are needed to learn if teen pregnancies can affect future bone health.
Some women develop a temporary type of osteoporosis during pregnancy. While we do not fully understand what causes this type of osteoporosis, it is extremely rare and usually goes away shortly after a woman gives birth.
Breastfeeding for the recommended 6-12 months has many health benefits for mother and baby. Like pregnancy, breastfeeding may cause some temporary bone loss. However, bone density appears to recover over time and should not cause long-term harm to a woman's bone health.View Thread
There are some reasons (called risk factors) that increase your likelihood of developing osteoporosis. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to get osteoporosis and broken bones. Use of steroid medications (examples are prednisone and cortisone) is a risk factor for osteoporosis. How often to repeat a BMD test is a decision that can be made on an individual basis, taking into account a person"019s risk factors. People taking an osteoporosis medication should repeat their BMD test by central DXA every two years, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). Some healthcare providers may have certain patients repeat their BMD test after one year. Since you have taken medications that may cause bone loss, it is important to see your healthcare provider to determine whether a repeat BMD test is necessary "013 it will depend on both your current and past risk factors. You and your healthcare provider may also discuss a plan to protect your bones and to prevent osteoporosis.View Thread
In December 2006, a study was featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that showed a connection between certain acid suppression medicines and an increased chance of breaking a hip. The medicines in this study are in a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI). They include Nexium®, Prevacid® and Prilosec®. PPI medicines are used very commonly to treat conditions such as peptic ulcer disease and heartburn/acid reflux disease. These medications may affect the way your body absorbs calcium. To keep their bones healthy, adults need to have a balanced diet. This includes eating fruits, vegetables and calcium-rich foods. It is especially important for people taking PPI medicines to get at least 1,200 mg of calcium every day. While some people on these medicines may need a bit more calcium, most should not get more than 1,500 mg a day. If you don"019t get enough calcium from food, calcium supplements can help you meet your calcium needs. If you are taking PPI medicines, you may want to take calcium citrate supplements rather than other calcium supplements. Because these medicines block stomach acid, your body may absorb calcium citrate better than other types of calcium supplements. Unlike other calcium supplements, calcium citrate does not need stomach acid to be absorbed. If you take another type of calcium supplement, like calcium carbonate, be sure to take it with a meal or snack. Your body makes stomach acid when you eat. Most calcium supplements need stomach acid to dissolve and for calcium to be absorbed.View Thread
Welcome to our new osteoporosis discussion forum. Each week, NOF will feature a different healthcare professional who will share information about osteoporosis and bone health with you. While I focus my practice on osteoporosis in premenopausal women, I would like to begin with a discussion about why some people are more likely to get the disease than others. Below I have listed some common risk factors for osteoporosis with a brief explanation about each risk factor.
Age. Osteoporosis can affect people of all ages, but it is more common in older people than younger people.
Gender. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men. Eighty percent of people with osteoporosis are women. Twenty percent are men.
Family history. If one of your parents had osteoporosis or broke a bone as an adult, you are more likely to get osteoporosis.
Being small and thin. People who are thin or have small bones are more likely to get osteoporosis.
Low estrogen levels. Estrogen levels drop when a woman goes through menopause or has her ovaries removed. Teen girls and young women who often miss their periods usually have low estrogen levels.
Low testosterone levels. Low levels of testosterone in men can lead to osteoporosis.
Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Getting enough calcium helps build strong bones when you are younger and helps keeps them strong later in life. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium.
Lack of exercise. Your bones get strong when you make them work. Two types of exercises that help keep your bones healthy are weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.
Medicines. Some medicines can cause bone loss and osteoporosis. One type that is a major concern for bones is steroid medicines. Ask your healthcare provider if any medicines you take can affect your bones. Do not stop any treatment or change the dose of your medicine unless your healthcare provider says it’s safe to do so. For a list of medicines that can cause bone loss, visit www.nof.org/prevention/risk.htm . Diseases and conditions. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any diseases or conditions that can cause bone loss and osteoporosis. Sometimes, treating a health problem that causes bone loss can improve your bone health. For a list of disease and conditions that can cause bone loss, visit www.nof.org/prevention/risk.htm .View Thread