December 13, 2017
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Wellness Tip

On Bone Drugs? Practice These Healthy Habits

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you take medication for osteoporosis, it’s still important to maintain bone-healthy lifestyle habits. While such drugs decrease fractures, they do not eliminate all risk, as was reported in a study in the journal Bone of more than 7,400 women, ages 50 and older, who were on oral bisphosphonates (the most common osteoporosis treatment) for at least two years.

Despite treatment, about one-third remained at elevated risk for future osteoporotic fractures because their bone density didn’t improve—or even worsened—or they had suffered fractures while taking the drugs.

Lifestyle measures include not smoking, doing weight-bearing exercise, following a bone-healthy diet that includes therecommended amounts of calcium (1,200 milligrams a day for women over 50 and men over 65) and vitamin D (at least 600 to 800 IU a day), and taking steps to decrease falls, such as removing obstacles and improving lighting at home and using canes or other assistive devices when needed.

Also see Osteoporosis: Not Just for Womenand Osteopenia: What do Do About Bone Loss.