Osteoporosis Fighters: Which Drug Is Right for You?

Concerned about your fracture risk? Several medications are available not only for stopping bone loss, but also for preventing it.

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The consequences of age are felt by 44 million people in the U.S. who have osteoporosis, and eight out of 10 are women. With the reality that one out of every two women over 50 years of age will break a bone due to the disease, the use of bone-building medications-a class of drugs called bisphosphonates-is easing the fear of fractures and increasing the likelihood of a healthier future. Patients who have suffered several fractures due to osteoporosis are now able to function normally and maintain active lives due to the impact of these treatments, according to Abby Abelson, MD, director of education, Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease at Cleveland Clinic.
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