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Osteoporotic drugs fight on bones

Osteoporosis affects over 44 million Americans and with an aging population more diagnoses are being made, particularly in the postmenopausal female. Osteopenia is considered the pre-osteoporotic stage. Osteoporosis tends not to present itself until the sufferer breaks a bone tripping over, or develops back pain due to a crush fracture of their vertebrae. Tests to diagnose osteoporosis are bone density test and x-rays. Medications to prevent the demineralization of bone include bisphosphonates, which increase the mineralization of bone thereby improving strength and durability, and estrogen for postmenopausal women. However, scientist have noted that prolonged use of high doses of bisphosphonates can have an adverse effect by decreasing the normal remodelling of bone, which results in slow healing and brittle bones. Yet the benefits of taking bisphosphonates far outweigh any adverse effects. Other methods to strengthen bones are to do weight bearing exercises and take calcium and vitamin D supplements.

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About: Osteoporotic drugs fight on bones

Date: 12 July 2005

Source: Health & Fitness

URL: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/health_and_fitness/article/0,1299,DRMN_26_3919331,00.html

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