Osteopenia


Last Updated December 20th, 2021

What is osteopenia?

A medical condition where the density of the bone decreases is called osteopenia.  Due to low density, the bone becomes soft and weak.  It is a condition which can lead to osteoporosis and can be considered a phase where the bones tend to lose their strength.  This is mainly due to the low absorption of minerals and nutrients.

Malabsorption of minerals may be caused by various factors such as low immunity, low vitamin D levels, etc.  This is generally a silent condition and only can be detected from bone mineral testing.  An early diagnosis such as in the case of osteopenia can be helpful in preventing osteoporosis.  It should be noted that the progression of osteopenia can be slowed, but it is very difficult to reverse osteoporosis.

It has been found that women are affected more than men, but it does not mean that men are spared from this problem.  Women are known to have the lower bone density to start with and due to other conditions such as hormonal imbalance may lose further bone density causing osteopenia.

Signs & Symptoms

The biggest drawback of having osteopenia is that you experience hardly any signs or symptoms associated with it unless it has progressed enough so that a bone breaks easily.  Some of the common signs and symptoms during this phase include:

  • One or more bone fractures mainly affecting the ankle, hip, spine, waist, spine, or wrist.
  • Regular bone pains as well as pain in the joints.
  • Difficulty with ambulation and problems with exercising normally.

This condition can worsen over time and lead to a more serious condition called osteoporosis.  Some of the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis are discussed below:

  • All the symptoms of osteopenia including bone and joint pain, fractures, as well as problems with ambulation and exercise.
  • Problems with posture such as stooping and having a hunched back.
  • Problems with doing daily chores such as lifting objects, cooking, and even bathing. You would need someone to assist you in doing these daily chores.  In many cases, this can lead to psychological problems such as stress and depression.

Risk Factors for Osteopenia

There are numerous risk factors associated with developing osteopenia and osteoporosis.  An unhealthy diet can lead to this problem.  Nowadays there is a trend to eat fast foods due to the busy schedule since it is time-consuming to cook your own food.  A diet that is void of healthy nutrients is equal to a diet that is nonexistent.

It is better to skip a fast food breakfast or snack rather than eating a burger.  This just adds up to the unhealthy fat and a large number of calories with minimal nutrients.  Since this eating trend is common among the age group between 20 and 40, they seem to be the ones who have a high chance of developing osteopenia due to malnutrition.

Naturally, bone density decreases with age, but having a low bone density at this age is definitely not acceptable.  A skeletal system that is strong between the teens and 40 years of age can determine how healthy your bones would be in the long run.  Some of the major risk factors for developing osteopenia and osteoporosis are discussed below.

Sex

This is considered a major risk factor for developing osteopenia since women are known to be more affected than men.  Women after menopause are at higher risk since the production of estrogen reduces, which is important to maintain healthy and strong bones.  It is believed that the first few years after menopause is crucial and women tend to lose the majority of their bone density during this period.  Women having strong bones going into menopause are likely to have lesser effects of osteopenia as compared to other women who have a weak skeletal system.

Diet

The next major risk factor is diet.  A diet that is low on calcium and vitamin D can become a major risk factor since it is essential to build strong bones.  People who are allergic to dairy products may avoid them and this can lead to calcium deficiency.  Another diet consisting of low calories too can cause calcium deficiency and be a major risk factor for developing osteopenia.  Many individuals also suffer from eating disorders where they tend to limit the food in order to maintain a toned body.  Due to the inadequate supply of calories and nutrients, the bones gradually tend to become weak and brittle.  This phenomenon is mainly found in women.  Malnutrition can cause hormonal imbalance and cause low estrogen levels adding up to the complication.

Minimal sunlight exposure

Many people try to avoid sun rays due to the harmful effects of the sun.  It should be noted that minimal exposure to sunlight can cause vitamin D deficiency.  Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and hence plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones.

Sedentary lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle consisting of only desk work and no exercise can cause a negative impact on the bones and may lead to stiffness and pain in the joints leading to weakness.

Medication side effects

Medications are known to cause certain side effects such as decrease the absorption of nutrients leading to lower levels of important minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Some of the medications that cause these problems include steroid medications, asthma medications, thyroid medications, birth control pills, etc.

Cancer treatment

Patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy are known to have low absorption of minerals and nutrients and can lead to lower bone density.

Race

Studies have revealed that women from the Caucasian race have a higher risk of developing bone disorders as compared to others such as Hispanics, African American, or the Asians.

Tobacco and alcohol abuse

Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption are again risk factors for low bone density due to impaired nutrient absorption.

Obesity

Obesity is known to cause multiple problems such as hormone imbalance and low level of activity.  Both these factors are known to contribute to weak bones.

Diagnosis

Majority of the people affected by osteopenia stay in the dark not knowing that they have this condition.  Since osteopenia has minimal signs and symptoms, it is difficult to find out unless you undergo a bone mineral test.  Due to its minimal symptoms, they are considered to be a silent disease affecting the bones.  The most commonly used bone density exam is the DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan.

The bone mineral test is conducted on the spine or hip to obtain accurate measurements to predict if the person is suffering from low bone density.  The results are read as T-score.  A T-score between – 0.1 to – 2.5 is considered to be osteopenic.  Your doctor may order a bone mineral test after the age of 30, particularly in women to make sure everything is fine with the skeletal system.  Additionally, women are tested when they reach menopause.  It is important to get tested for bone density with any minimal signs of bone pain and weakness.

Conventional Treatment for Osteopenia

It is important to note that there are very few people who get diagnosed early during the stage of osteopenia.  Osteopenia generally does not need any treatment and the focus is mainly on avoiding further damage to the bones by providing medications and supplements to halt the degradation process.

Since the bone density gradually reduces with age, treating with drugs is not the complete cure as the condition could deteriorate with age.  Your doctor may choose to prescribe a few medications that slow the progression of this bone disorder such as bisphosphonate medications and the commonly used drug in this class is Fosamax.

Similarly, anabolic medications and antiresorptive medications such as estrogen therapy/hormone therapy may be prescribed.  There has been a debate over the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy for osteopenia and osteoporosis since they only help to slow the progression and not treat the disorder.  These drugs are not useful in the long run because their effects fade out once these drugs are stopped.

Natural Treatment and Prevention for Osteopenia

Osteopenia Diet

Consuming a healthy diet that provides the essential vitamins and minerals to maintain strong bones is recommended.  Many individuals tend to eat low fat and low protein foods in order to stay in shape.  This may be helpful in reducing and maintaining the weight but is highly problematic when followed for an extended period of time.  By following these diets, you no doubt end up with low fat and thin muscles but also end up losing your skeletal structure.  Your bones tend to become malnourished and weak.  Some of the foods that can provide these essential nutrients are discussed below.

  • Calcium-rich foods: Dairy products such as cheese, kefir, and yogurt.  Leafy green vegetables also provide essential calcium whereas seafood such as salmon and sardines contain a high concentration of calcium.
  • Food containing magnesium: Almonds, kefir, black beans, pumpkin seeds, spinach, cocoa, as well as yogurt.
  • Vitamin C containing foods: Berries, kiwi fruit, citrus fruits, papaya, guava, as well as broccoli and kale.
  • Foods containing collagen protein:  Bone broth is the rich source of collagen. It can also be obtained from supplements.  Collagen is an important component of bone that provides the framework and flexibility to the bone.
  • Iron-rich foods: These foods are mainly consumed to prevent anemia.  Some of the iron-rich foods include fish, eggs, spinach, kale, lamb, chicken, beef, turkey, as well as nuts and seeds.

Overall, the main aim of this diet to consume lots of vegetables, fruits, seafood, and dairy products.  All these foods provide the essential nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy bone and prevent osteoporosis.

Osteopenia Exercises

Staying active is important to maintain skeletal strength.  Studies have claimed that exercise can limit the progression of bone loss.  Weight-bearing exercises, in particular, are important to maintain the strength of the bone.  It does not require you to carry heavy weights, but you need to work against gravity to perform the weight-bearing exercise.  Performing these exercises for at least 30 minutes every day can strengthen your muscles as well as the bones.  You need to maintain an active lifestyle even in your older age to help retain the bone mass and density.

Supplements to protect bones

It is a good choice to add supplements in your diet to slow the progression of osteopenia.  Some of the standard supplements available include calcium supplements, vitamin D supplements, magnesium supplements, vitamin B12 supplement, as well as vitamin K2 supplements.  You need to consult your doctor before adding them to your diet to know about the dosage.

Maintain a healthy weight

It is a well-known fact that obesity can cause several complications such as increased inflammation, contribute to hormonal changes, as well as bone damage.  Healthy body weight can help negate these complications and keep your bones healthy.

Get enough sunlight

Sunlight is important for our body since it provides vitamin D, which aids in calcium absorption.  A sunlight exposure of around 15 to 20 minutes per day is recommended to gain the benefits from sunlight.

 

Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get adequate sunlight.
  • Exercise daily.
Don'ts
  • Live a sedentary life.
  • Eat junk foods.
  • Avoid sunlight.
  • Maintain abnormal weight.

 

 

 

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Juice Plus: Can you really replace actual fruits with pills?  Juice Plus supplements intend to fill nutritional gaps present in our daily diet. But how successful have they…
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Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
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Bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy is a procedure where in a scope is inserted into the lung pathway to observe any growth…
Tamarind: The top health benefits of this staple Asian ingredient Did you know this sweet and sour pulpy fruit does more than just add a tangy flavor to…
Cordyceps: How the Caterpillar fungus works as a proven cancer-shield Strange as it may sound, but cordyceps or "caterpillar fungus", a fungus variety native to the Himalayas may…
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Apolipoprotein -A1 (APO-A1) Test Apolipoprotein A-I (Apo-A1) constitutes 70% of protein content in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and helps in lipid metabolism.
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Pelvic Ultrasound Pelvic ultrasound is a process where sound waves are used to create image of your pelvic region organs…
Tart Cherry: The healthiest excuse for taking that second serving of pie Tart cherry has been traditionally used in delectable desserts such as pies. Recent studies have revealed that its…
General adaptation syndrome: Understanding stress, one step at a time The struggle of the body to produce hormones during a stressful situation is the main theme of general…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
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Stevia: A healthy sugar substitute or yet another risky additive? Stevia is a plant native to South America.  It has been used as a natural sugar substitute and…
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Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes with a plethora…
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The actual science behind smelling salts and how it helps in injury recovery Most smelling salts are a mixture of ammonium carbonate and some perfumes which are sniffed by an individual…
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Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG Test Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG is used to detect the presence of the herpes virus so that the…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
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Anti Ds-DNA antibody Test The  Anti Ds-DNA antibody test is used to diagnose the disease called lupus or more aptly the SLE(Systematic…
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Best treatment for piles in Bangalore All you need to know about piles and piles treatment in Bangalore - the types of treatment available,…
cystatin C
Cystatin C Test Cystatin C is a specific single-chain protein that is found in body fluids and is a biomarker for…
Echocardiogram
Echocardiography – ECHO Echocardiography (commonly known as ECHO) is an imaging modality (similar to ultrasonography) used to visualize the interior of…
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9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
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Biopsy Biopsy is a procedure of studying a live tissue sample collected from a specific organ for diagnosing a…
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Gallbladder surgery :Tips on post-operative care and diet What to eat post a gallbladder surgery? What are the key things to avoid if you had a…
Did you know drinking alkaline water could be the healthier choice for you? Ever wondered how safe is your drinking water in terms of pH? Recent studies have revealed that Alkaline…
angiography
Angiography Angiography is a diagnostic tool used to determine the narrowing or blockage in the arteries and veins supplying…
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HB1Ac Test HB1Ac test is an important blood test that is used to measure the levels of glycated hemoglobin in…
Gua sha: Scraping away layers of pain with this ancient healing tool Gua sha is an ancient oriental healing method which focuses on scraping the body with specific tools to…
Dragon Fruit – Blessing from Nature’s Basket Dragon fruit is packed with nutrients but low on calories. It is the dream food that can help…
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7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of cold beer add…
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Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
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Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Total Blood test to look for IgM antibodies to know if you are infected with Hepatitis A virus (HAV),…
Goji berry: A traditional Chinese berry that packs the best of antioxidants Goji berry is an ancient berry that is considered to be power-packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Which means…
social media adddiction
Your health in the age of Social Media: Why is digital detox a necessity? Did you know that more than 400 million people are dangerously addicted to social media? Are you one…
labiaplasty
Labiaplasty Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to modify the labia minora and the labia majora. Learn about who can…
amylase test
Amylase Test Amylase test is done by checking the level of this protein in the blood sample and also in…
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Ovulation – facts to know about ovulation Learn how and when ovulation occurs, demystify common misconceptions, identify symptoms, methods of detection and right period for…
6 arguments in favour of glucosamine and where can you find it Studies have shown that glucosamine works by preventing the breakdown of cartilage of the joints. This is usually…
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Meal replacement or protein drink? Learn all about Shakeology and its claims Shakeology from Beachbody claims to be the most suitable shake that can aid in weight loss, regulate blood…
anoscopy
Anoscopy Anoscopy is an invasive diagnostic procedure where a small device known as anoscope will be inserted in the…
Pescatarian Diet 101: What are the inherent health advantages of this diet? People opt to become a pescatarian in order to enrich their bodies with the essential health benefits that…
Low fat diets
A complete list of low-fat diets and how to follow them Low-fat diets help you lose weight in a healthy way, but it works only with regular exercise and…
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Kefir: Top reasons why this probiotic drink should be consumed by you Yet another remarkable fermented food, kefir is a much healthier version of yogurt. These chewy white grains can…
Oil of Oregano: The one-stop essential oil you’ve been looking for Are you plagued by a weak immune system? High body inflammation accompanied by pain and infections? Why not…
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Easy and safe tips for ear wax removal you can do at home Cerumen impaction generally occurs when an external object like cotton swabs are used to remove the ear wax.…
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Infertility profile (men) The group of tests that for a part of the infertility profile testing for men includes a range…
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Period blood – what it says about your health Your period blood color and consistency indicate what is happening in your body. Is your blood bright red…
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Triple Marker Test A triple marker test is an important prenatal test that is performed to detect the presence of chromosomal…
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Albumin Test Albumin test or blood serum test is a liver function test that measures the amount of the protein…
Hibiscus: Nourish your beauty and health with these vibrant blooms Hibiscus is a trumpet shaped flower found abundantly in tropical countries. It has been historically used for its…
Coffee Enema: Turn your favorite morning beverage into a powerful colon cleanser The wonders of coffee are not just limited to waking you up every morning. You can now use…
Top reasons why you need to pay attention to your vitamin B6 intake Vitamin B6- An essential water-soluble vitamin. Its deficiency leads to physical changes such as sores & glossy tongue…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
chloride test
Chloride Test A chloride test of the blood checks the level of chloride in body, an important factor governing the…
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Halotherapy: How inhaling salt can work wonders for your body Halotherapy is quickly gaining popularity amongst those with respiratory diseases. It has shown promise in its treatment.
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Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
Experts reveal the safest ways to perform an enema at home The idea of pushing some up your rectal area might make you queasy but an enema could actually…
complement c4 test
Complement 4 (C4) Test The Complement 4 or C4 test measures the level of the protein in the bloodstream, and is primarily…
Vagus nerve: 7 health benefits of stimulating the “gut-brain” connection As a matter of fact, there are two vagus nerves namely the left and the right but is…
cystoscopy
Cystoscopy Cystoscopy is a procedure to check the health of the urethra and the bladder. The procedure is also…
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Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
Psyllium Husk: More than just an effective natural laxative Psyllium husk, or isabgol, is a popular natural laxative . But did you in addition to regulating bowels,…
Miracle extract from the root of maca: 10 ways it can help you! Maca root has been used for years in herbal medicine. Today scientific research is unearthing fresh evidence in…
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Progesterone test The progesterone test is a blood test used to determine the level of hormone progesterone in the blood…
Spinach: The ultimate way to boost health with this green superfood! Spinach is a green superfood that ranks high in both taste and nutrition. Read more to discover how…
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DHEA: Now get unbelievable age defiance with this wonder hormone! DHEA is known popularly as the age-defying hormone. This supplement is widely used to slow down aging and…
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CA19.9 Test CA 19.9 is a cancer antigen that exists on the surface of cancer-causing cells. The levels of CA…
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Deep vein thrombosis Deep vein thrombosis or DVT occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins of the body, mainly…
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Keto Diet: Did you know you could eat fats to burn fats? Keto diet - A wonder diet that lets you eat fats and lose weight too! Read on to…
Thyroid disorders
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valproic acid test
Valproic Acid Test Valproic acid test is performed to generally check for psychiatric and even neurological conditions such as bipolar disease…

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