Do You Need a Drug for Your Bones?
Osteoporosis is often a result of a vitamin D or calcium deficiency. Your doctor can help determine if supplementing these nutrients in your diet can help, or if an osteoporosis drug is needed.

Do You Need a Drug for Your Bones?

A thorough evaluation can help determine if a prescription medication is necessary for your bone healthor if a change in diet can help.

Bone creates a strong framework for our bodies, a living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. But when osteoporosis sets in, bones become weak and brittle, making a fall or just bending over enough stress to cause a fracture.

More than 40 million people in the United States either have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass.

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