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spineuniverse.com May 12, 2010
Osteoporosis Awareness Month
Keep Your Bones Healthy for Years to Come
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, and this special issue of the SpineAdvisor is packed with resources to help you learn about this common disease. The more you know about it, the more likely you’ll be able to prevent it.

Yes, osteoporosis can be prevented. By making certain lifestyle changes and monitoring your bone health with bone mineral density tests, you might avoid an osteoporosis diagnosis altogether.

So read on and make this month the month you start making changes that keep your bones healthy for years to come.
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Kyphoplasty Risks
Do They Outweigh the Benefits?
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Question:
I've heard so many good things about balloon kyphoplasty. But what are the chances that kyphoplasty may do more harm than good? Is there an upper limit in age beyond which it is not best to have kyphoplasty?

—Nashua, NH

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Answer:
This is a commonly asked and pertinent question! Yes, balloon kyphoplasty has proven to be an effective treatment for osteoporosis-related spinal compression fractures (which your doctor may also call vertebral compression fractures or VCFs). Before addressing the benefits and drawbacks, I would first recommend that you...

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Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCS(C)P
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Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCS(C)
Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon
Texas Back Institute
Plano, TX
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Osteoporosis Food Quiz
What Are the Best Foods for Bone Health?

MilkOne of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis is to use food as a weapon against bone loss.

Unfortunately, not all foods prevent osteoporosis. While some foods, such as those rich in calcium and vitamin D, naturally promote bone health, others can actually harm your bones.

Take our Osteoporosis Food Quiz to find out the best—and worst—foods for your bones.

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Osteoporosis Prevention
How to Start Your Osteoporosis Prevention Plan Today

Osteoporosis can be an extremely painful disease that negatively impacts your quality of life. But there is good news—you may be able to prevent it.

Read this article for ways to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis. And remember, it’s never too early to start your osteoporosis prevention plan.

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Fibromyalgia Awareness
Boost Your Fibromyalgia Knowledge

May is a busy month! Not only is it Osteoporosis Awareness Month, but May 12th is also National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

Fibromyalgia can be hard to understand, but you can learn the basics of this elusive disorder in our fibromyalgia overview.

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