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Roughly 3.6 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2003 which equates to a sevenfold increase in incidence. Physician visits relating to the condition has also increased nearly fivefold during the same time. During the last decade a variety of drugs have become available to treat the condition - Fosamax, Evista and Actonel. The drug era aims to prevent osteoporosis rather than just treat it in the later stages. They have taken over estrogen treatment which has suffered negative reviews due to possible links to problems including heart problems and breast cancer. The National Osteoporosis Foundation claims that osteoporosis is still underdiagnosed. 10 million Americans have osteoporosis with another 34 million suffering from bone thinning. Researchers aim to have women over 65 screened to enable better diagnosis rates. Researchers noted that the use of calcium supplements has decreased. Calcium supplements, vitamin D and exercise are effective methods of osteoporosis prevention.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Times And Democrat
About: Non-hormone osteoporosis drugs taking over hormonal drugs
Date: 1 December 2004
Source: The Times And Democrat
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