Preventing Future Fractures

Taking vitamin D and calcium and exercising are important for building bone strength — but that’s a fractured truth. True, vitamins and exercise are important from a young age for building bone strength. But if you have osteoporosis, these may not be enough. Normally, your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new, healthy bone. Estrogen helps regulate this process. However, with the onset of menopause comes loss of estrogen, causing women to lose more bone than is being replaced. So, if you have postmenopausal osteoporosis, things like diet and exercise may no longer be enough. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about establishing and maintaining a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Talking Osteoporosis Treatments

Prescription osteoporosis treatments come in several different forms, such as liquids, pills, injections and infusions. Your doctor can help you decide which form is best for you. Regardless of how you take prescription treatments, they generally work in one of two ways:

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Antiresorptive—

Treatments That Slow Bone Loss

Your body naturally removes old bone and replaces it with new bone. When you have osteoporosis, more bone is being removed than being replaced. An antiresorptive treatment slows down the process of bone loss, maintaining the bone you have. The goal of an antiresorptive treatment is to preserve bone strength to reduce the risk of fracture.

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Anabolic—

Treatments That Build New Bone

Anabolics, or anabolic osteoporosis treatments, build new bone by stimulating your body’s natural bone-building cells. The goal of anabolic treatment is to build new bone — not just maintain the bone you already have — and to reduce the risk of fracture.

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Talking to a Bone Expert

Of course, a treatment plan that’s right for one person may not be right for another. Always talk to your doctor about treatment choices and remember, the doctor who treats your osteoporosis-related fracture — like a surgeon or emergency room doctor — may not be the same doctor who treats and provides ongoing care for your osteoporosis. Make sure all of your doctors know that you’ve had a fracture, and make sure to discuss treatment plans for osteoporosis that may be right for you.

Postmenopausal women who have had a low-impact fracture are 6 times more likely to have another fracture, which is why having and maintaining an osteoporosis treatment plan should be a top priority.