Harvard Women's Health Watch

Ask the doctor: How can I protect against bone loss?

Q. I have osteoporosis, and my doctor has recommended that I take a bisphosphonate drug. Is there anything else I can do to protect my bones and keep them strong?

A. Bisphosphonate drugs are a good option for treating osteoporosis, because they slow the breakdown of bone. They're one of several drug treatments for the condition, which also include estrogen, raloxifene (Evista), and teriparatide (Forteo). Follow your doctor's advice and stick to your drug regimen, but you don't have to stop there.

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