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How do I keep my bones and muscles strong while taking steroids for Crohn's disease?

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Your doctor may give you calcium supplements or vitamin D to protect your bones while you’re on steroids. Bisphosphonate drugs, like alendronate (Fosamax) or risedronate (Actonel), may help prevent osteoporosis, too.

Exercise can help you keep your bones and muscles strong. Eat a healthy diet and stay active to manage your weight.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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