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Preventing Bone Fractures With Osteoporosis

What Can I Do to Protect Myself From Fractures if I Have Osteoporosis?

If you have osteoporosis, it is important to protect yourself against accidental falls, which may result in fractures. Take the following precautions to make your home safe:

  • Remove loose household items, keeping your home free of clutter.
  • Install grab bars on tub and shower walls and beside toilets.
  • Install proper lighting.
  • Apply treads to floors and remove throw rugs.

Also talk with your health care provider about exercise, physical therapy and taking vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures.

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Osteoporosis Treatments

Although osteoporosis cannot be reversed, it can be prevented and treated in a variety of ways. There's calcium and vitamin D, both key to bone health. Exercise is another critical part of strengthening bone mass. There are drugs on the market that slow bone loss and even hold promise of building new bone. WebMD takes a look.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on April 21, 2015

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