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Osteoporosis treatments include the “basic CDE’s” -- calcium(C), vitamin D (D), weight-bearing exercise (E), prevention of Falls (F), and bone-friendly medicines.   

Treatment

Osteoporosis treatments come in several forms. Many should be started during childhood; others include prescription drugs to treat osteoporosis. Get an overview.

Osteopenia is a term used to describe bone density that is somewhat lower than normal but not low enough to be diagnosed as osteoporosis.

Weight-bearing exercise is often an option for osteoporosis patients, and it might even help your bones, as this article explains. Check with your doctor before starting a new fitness program.

If you are concerned about the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, one treatment you may have heard of and considered is strontium.

Raloxifene (Evista) belongs to a class of drugs called selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). It is FDA-approved for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

 Teriparatide (Forteo) is self-injected into the skin. Because long-term safety is not yet established, it is only FDA-approved for 24 months of use.

Care

Have you recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis? You may want to ask your doctor these 10 questions.

Is your osteoporosis therapy working? Are you having any side effects? Learn about monitoring osteoporosis therapy.

That’s a controversial question. Find out what two doctors say about the debate.

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