Things You Should Know About Osteoporosis

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Updated: 6/04/2012 8:00 am
One in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to poor bone health.

To help prevent a break and strengthen bone, most doctors recommend taking calcium and Vitamin D and doing weight-bearing, or heel-strike, exercises.

Doctors say the most common questions they get from patients are about hip fractures or osteonecrosis of the jaw, or ONJ.

That may be related to using a type of long-term osteoporosis medicine called, bisphosphonate therapy.

Bisphosphonates help prevent the loss of bone and have been shown to reduce the risk of fractures from osteoporosis in patients who have already suffered a break. 

These medicines do carry some risk for certain people, but for many the reward outweighs the risk. 

"If you're afraid to take these medicines because they cause fractures then you're going to experience many hip fractures that are just from run of the mill osteoporosis and there are far more of those than there are quote 'atypical' from long term bisphosphonate therapy," said Dr. Chad Deal of Cleveland Clinic.

If you're concerned about your osteoporosis medicine, Dr. Deal recommends talking to your doctor before stopping it.

He says if you stop taking your medicine, you could be putting yourself at risk for a fracture down the road.
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