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Does rheumatoid arthritis make osteoporosis more likely?

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Yes, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) makes osteoporosis more likely. Your rheumatologist can calculate your odds of getting a bone fracture over the next 10 years by giving you a DEXA scan to measure your bone density. They’ll find the best treatment or prevention plan for you. Your doctor may recommend that you take prescription drugs to keep up your bone density and strength.

From: Menopause and RA: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Attipoe, S. et al. , March 2008. Journal of Women and Aging

Arthritis Foundation: “Arthritis in Women” and “Fetal DNA and Remission in Pregnant Women with RA.”

North American Menopause Foundation (NAMS): “Menopause Basics” and “New NOF Guidelines and the WHO Fracture Assessment Tool or FRAX.”

Linda Russell, MD, assistant attending physician in rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery; assistant professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Sex and Arthritis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Sex and Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Attipoe, S. et al. , March 2008. Journal of Women and Aging

Arthritis Foundation: “Arthritis in Women” and “Fetal DNA and Remission in Pregnant Women with RA.”

North American Menopause Foundation (NAMS): “Menopause Basics” and “New NOF Guidelines and the WHO Fracture Assessment Tool or FRAX.”

Linda Russell, MD, assistant attending physician in rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery; assistant professor, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Sex and Arthritis.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Sex and Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 05, 2017

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