Osteoporosis

Updated 13 May 2013

Treating brittle bones

Osteoporosis occurs when bone density decreases and bones begin to thin, resulting in a high risk of fractures. If it affects your life, it's important to know how it's treated.

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Have you or a family member been diagnosed with osteoporosis? This disease occurs when bone density decreases and bones begin to thin, resulting in a high risk of fractures. If it affects your life, it's important to know how it's treated.

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A doctor may prescribe prescription drug treatments, including bisphosphonates, raloxifene and calcitonin. Other important steps in the treatment of the disease include: supplementing the diet with calcium and vitamin D; doing regular exercise, including weight-bearing, resistance and balancing exercises (low-impact activities with minimal risk of falling is recommended); quitting smoking and the use of alcohol; eating a diet rich in dairy products, such as low-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese, salmon, sardines, tofu and green leafy vegetables.

More facts on osteoporosis

Visit our Osteoporosis Condition Centre or consult our Healthy Bones Expert.

 

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Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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