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Oral Steroids Quickly Increase Your Risk of Fracture

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  • Just three month's worth of oral steroids, which are commonly prescribed to patients with asthma and disorders of the joints and bowels, increased chances of sustaining fractures by 70%. The large European study shows these fractures can happen much faster than experts have expected.
  • When the oral steroids are stopped, the risk decreases at a similarly rapid rate.
  • Observers note treatment for osteoporosis should be included with oral steroid therapy, but they don't agree when bone protection should begin, since not everyone gets fractures. Doctors also are unsure of why the risk of fracture increases so quickly.


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