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Osteoporosis For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-7621-8
316 pages
July 2005
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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.

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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.

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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.

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