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    What is bone density and cure for brittle bones?


    Wondering why people have brittle bones? Trying to understand what is Bone density? Ask our Doctors and Health experts in ISC for proper answers.

    Some individuals, young or old have tendency of getting their bones fractured with even small mishaps and doctors say that the bone density is low. What is bone density? How to measure it and how to have strong bones to withstand the wears and tears or accidents. Is there any cure for low density? Is it a brith defect?
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  • Hello Ashok,

    *What is bone density?
    Density of bone is like density in normal sense, that is the compactness of bones. Bone matrix is made up of organic and inorganic components. Organic is by proteins and inorganic is by calcium hydroxiappetite crystals. Those factors determine the density.

    *How to measure it?
    There is a test called bone density scan which uses Xrays and an index/measure is given. Bone density can be roughly estimated on normal Xrays but it depends on the quality of Xray.

    *How to have strong bones to withstand the wears and tears or accidents. Is there any cure for low density?
    -Regular exercise, high protein and calcium diet is the key to maintain stronger bones especially in older age that too especially in post menopausal woman. If you are at risk as in above said age groups, calcium supplementation, regular milk intake with exercise will help.

    *Is it a birth defect?
    It could be a birth defect as in osteogenesis imperfecta, familial rickets etc but the occurrence are not very frequent.

    Hope this helps

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  • Hello Ashok, few more things based on my literature review today.

    *Genetics is predominant is determining bone density compared to environmental factors though those are not negligible.

    *High intake of Salt (or Sodium) in any form increases renal excretion of Calcium. So less intake of salt is advised for "at risk" patients.

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