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What is the goal of osteoporosis treatment?

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The real goal of osteoporosis treatment is to avoid future bone fractures. You may be surprised to learn that studies haven't found a strong correlation between increases in bone density with decreases in fracture risks with treatment. For example, the osteoporosis drug alendronate has been shown to cut fracture risk by 50%, but only to raise bone density by a few percent. And most of the fracture reduction with another medication called raloxifene isn't explained by raloxifene's effects on bone mineral density.

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MedicineNet: Osteoporosis.

American College of Physicians: Press release, May 19, 2017.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

SOURCES:

MedicineNet: Osteoporosis.

American College of Physicians: Press release, May 19, 2017.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 26, 2018

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