Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Strategies

Osteoporosis affects 8 million American women, and 2 million men, causing 1 1/2 million fractures each year. As many as 18 million more Americans may have low bone density (osteopenia), a precursor to osteoporosis. As women age, many develop collapse of their lumbar vertebrae resulting in pain and disability. Even after screening and diagnosis most women are offered drugs and calcium, without addressing all the additional causes of osteoporosis, which are discussed below.

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