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Health Mart Pharmacies: Osteoporosis

Your risk of osteoporosis increases with age. If you’re especially thin, Asian or Caucasian or have a family history of osteoporosis, you could be a candidate. But there are lifestyle changes as well as drugs that can offset your being debilitated by the disease.

Christine Jacobson with Health Mart Pharmacies brings viewers up-to-date on what’s available.

For full-fledged osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend a number of drugs including bisphosphonates (like Fosamax of Boniva), that slows bone loss, or a hormonal treatment such as Evista, that reduces risks of breast cancer. If you have a severe case, a drug such as Forteo, which builds new bone, could also help. Each of these need to be evaluated by your personal health care provider to determine what’s best for you.

If you have osteopenia and no family history, lifestyle changes might be good for you, such as getting calcium from food and/or supplements as well as taking Vitamin D. Also exercise is important where you do weight bearing activities such as jogging or walking and strength training plus having a good diet.

As in any health issue, always be sure to contact your personal health care provider for what’s best for you.

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