The management of the patient with osteoporosis - A modern epidemic

Ruth Freeman

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Osteoporosis has become a major problem in an aging population. Its prevalence may reach almost 100% in nonagenarians. The prevention of osteoporosis depends on lifetime changes, starting in childhood, in exercise, calcium and vitamin D intake as well as in identifying those individuals most at risk. Bone densitometry is currently the best measurement of an individual's risk of having fractures. It can be used to find those individuals in whom further intervention is warranted. Of the available have had the longest trials and reduce fracture rates by 50%. Recently alendronate, calcitonin, and raloxifene have been added to the armamentarium for prevention or treatment of this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S94-S107
JournalAmerican Journal of Managed Care
Issue number2 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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