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Importance of Bone Health as a Public Health Issue

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Bone health is a pressing issue in America and around the world. It needs to be addressed with a preventive approach with the early institution of interventions. There is a need for healthcare providers to understand the importance of bone health as a public health issue. The goal is to promote strong bones in the American population so that fractures and their associated complications can be prevented. In this article we provide a brief overview of how bone health is an important public health issue.

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Bone Diseases and Causes in Adults and Children

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Millions of Americans are affected by bone diseases from various causes, the most common of which is osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis are at a high risk of fractures. Fractures are often disabling and lead to deterioration in the patient’s physical and mental health. Primary osteoporosis is the most common type of osteoporosis. It is the result of deteriorating bone structure and bone loss with aging. Primary osteoporosis can be prevented through proper nutrition, adequate physical exercise, and when necessary, appropriate treatment. Secondary osteoporosis is the result of other diseases that affect the bones and certain drugs and toxic substances that make bones weak. If secondary osteoporosis is recognized in time, it can be prevented with nutrition, physical activity, and treatment if needed.

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Help elderly patients understand nutrition for bone health

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Osteoporosis is especially prevalent in older adults. Healthcare professionals play a valuable role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of bone diseases in this age group of patients.  In general, the nutritional guidelines for younger adults are also applicable to older adults. However, some specific recommendations are relevant to this group of patients in terms of nutrition and bone health in the elderly.

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Best Vitamin D for Bone Health: Dietary Sources or Supplements?

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For most individuals, the recommended intake of vitamin D is 200 IU per day. However, people in the 50- to 70-year age group are recommended to increase their vitamin D intake to 400 IU per day. People above the age of 70 should take 600 IU of vitamin D every day. What is the best vitamin D for bone health? Dietary sources or supplements?

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Bone Health and Osteoporosis: Challenges in the United States

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To a large extent, the physical, emotional, and financial burden of osteoporosis is preventable. While there is no doubt that there are considerable gaps in our knowledge of bone health and osteoporosis and further research is certainly warranted, also lacking is an application of the knowledge we already have about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone diseases. This is relevant to both individuals and healthcare providers. X-ray technologists play a key role in the bone health of Americans by performing DXA scans.

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Recommendations for medical techs when dealing with elderly patients

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It is important for older adults to maintain a high functional status and engage in regular physical activity according to their capabilities. Older adults who enjoy an overall good health status can follow the same guidelines for physical activity as outlined for younger individuals. However, for older adults with some physical limitations or compromised bone health, weight-supported activities may be more appropriate. Examples of such activities include walking in deep water, aqua aerobics, stationary bicycle riding, and floor exercises. Importantly, people with less than optimal bone health in old age can often safely perform resistance exercises with proper training and supervision.

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