Human bone thickness is genetically determined and influenced by lifestyle. Deterioration of bones affects the entire body's ability to function. Initially, osteoporosis is asymptomatic but may lead to bone fractures, altered mobility, and decreased functional ability. Identifying individuals at high risk for problems caused by low bone mass and evaluating bone density are key factors in fighting this major health problem. This article reviews the tests used to diagnose and follow the progression of the disease. It also discusses the benefits of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in bone formation and preservation, as well as treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association|
|Issue number||10 Su Pt 1|
|State||Published - Oct 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Complementary and alternative medicine