Many people take oral or inhaled steroid medicines, which include beclomethasone, flunisolide, and prednisone, for conditions such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The oral kind and the high-dose inhaled kind can cause bone loss over time. If you
are on these types of medicines for 6 months or longer, you are at increased
risk for osteoporosis, which puts you at high risk for broken
bones. After broken bones occur, healing can take a long time because of the
decreased ability of your bones to rebuild due to osteoporosis.
If you use steroid medicines long-term, you should be monitored for
Bone: Bone forms the skeleton of the body and is made chiefly of calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate. It also serves as a storage area for calcium.
Bone Density or Bone Mineral Density: A measurement of the amount of calcium and other minerals in bones. This measurement detects osteopenia (bone loss usually without symptoms) and osteoporosis (more severe bone loss that may cause fractures).
Calcium: A mineral found mainly in the hard part of bones. Calcium is essential for healthy...