Do You Need a Drug for Your Bones?

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

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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. Osteoporosis can occur in both men and women at any age, with increasing prevalence in older age. When fracture risk is high, prescription drugs that decrease bone breakdown or increase bone formation are the mainstay approach for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
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