Can implantable hormone pellets prevent bone loss?

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Q. I've heard that bioidentical hormone pellets injected near the hip are more effective than bone-building drugs in stopping bone loss and preventing hip fracture. Is this true?

A. The FDA hasn't approved hormone pellets for preventing or treating bone loss. Moreover, there are no randomized controlled trials on record, so we don't know whether hormone pellets are more effective — or even as effective — as the FDA-approved medical therapies. Finally, there aren't any published reports explaining how the hormones are metabolized in the body or the side effects they may have.

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