Features January 2019 Issue

Don't Fear Osteoporosis Drugs

Don't Fear Osteoporosis Drugs

The benefits of osteoporosis drugs outweigh risk for rare side effects.

Bone constantly renews itself. Older bone is broken down and removed (resorbed) and new bone forms. As we age, bone density decreases because more bone is broken down than is newly formed. The bisphosphonate drugs slow down bone resorption. Taking these medications can lower risk of spine fractures by about 50 percent and hip fractures by about 40 percent.

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