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Do you need a drug for osteoporosis?

December 12, 2015

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Several medications can maintain or increase bone density. You can choose one based on your health and preferences.

w0116d16207253412446Most of what we read about hip fracture isn't good. It is a major cause of disability, nursing home admissions, and death in older women. But there is a promising trend: hip fractures in the United States have been on the decline since 1996. Although better nutrition, increased physical activity, and education on fall prevention may have played a role, the drop in fractures has also coincided with the widespread availability of bisphosphonates—a class of drugs first approved in 1995 to increase bone density.

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