Osteoporosis Drugs: Benefits Outweigh Risks

Fear of rare side effects is raising risk for bone fractures.

Many people who would benefit from osteoporosis drugs are missing out on the possibility of preventing bone fractures, including of the hip and spine, which are most associated with decline in functioning and even death. More than half of older adults who sustain a hip fracture end up in a nursing home, and up to 20 percent die within one year.
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