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What should I ask my doctor after I've been diagnosed with osteoporosis?

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1. Can I keep my osteoporosis from gettimg worse?

2. Can medications taken for other illnesses cause bone loss?

3. How can I prevent fractures?

4. How often should I have a bone density test?

5. How much calcium and vitamin D do I need each day, and how can I get enough ?

6. How much exercise do I need to boost bone strength?

7. Can hormone replacement therapy prevent osteoporosis?

8. What medications can prevent bone loss?

9. What are some lifestyle changes I should make?

10. What does my T-score mean?

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: ''Why do People Shrink?''

FamilyDoctor.org: ''Osteoporosis and Fracture/Once is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Fractures.''

American College of Rheumatology: ''Osteoporosis: Warning Signs and Diagnosis.''

MedlinePlus: "Osteoporosis."

MayoClinic.com: "Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Facts on Osteoporosis."

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: ''Why do People Shrink?''

FamilyDoctor.org: ''Osteoporosis and Fracture/Once is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Fractures.''

American College of Rheumatology: ''Osteoporosis: Warning Signs and Diagnosis.''

MedlinePlus: "Osteoporosis."

MayoClinic.com: "Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Osteoporosis."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Facts on Osteoporosis."

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on October 21, 2018

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