Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones. It means you have bones that are thin and brittle and have lots of holes inside them like a sponge. This makes them easy to break. It also increases your risk for spine and hip fractures. These fractures may make it hard for you to live on your own.
Bisphosphonates are the most common medicines used to prevent bone loss. Most of the time, you take them as pills. They slow the way bone dissolves and is absorbed by your body. They can increase bone thickness and strength.
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of: August 16, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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