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Osteoporosis

Preventing Osteoporosis

08/04/2008

Question:

I am a 58yr. old female who used to be very active, but am not now. I`ve had a number of fractures due to accidents and still experience very bad lower back pain. My mother is very crippled up from osteoporosis and I am concerned I will have the some problems. My question is: Are there things that I could be doing to prevent a lot of problems down the road. My stomach can take very few medicines. Thank You.

Answer:

The usual recommendations include getting adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise.  Don't smoke.  For a more extensive discussion of these items, visit the website of the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

http://www.nof.org/ 

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati