TREATMENT

For many, the first sign of osteoporosis is a fracture. For others, taking action early can prevent the first fracture.

It’s never too late to talk to your doctor about osteoporosis.

Treatment of osteoporosis involves simple lifestyle changes and your doctor may recommend starting a prescription medication to reduce your risk of fractures.1-3

Treatment options

Prescription medicines exist to help strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fractures.1-4

To continue protecting bones, osteoporosis medicines may need to be taken for many years.5,6

Your doctor will select a medicine depending on your individual risk profile, including the risk of specific types of broken bones or fractures, other medical conditions and any other medications your currently take.3

Osteoporosis medicines have been shown to reduce the risk of different fracture types including vertebral (back), hip, leg and wrist fractures by 15–70% depending on the type of fracture.1,2

They come in various forms – tablets, injections or infusions. And depending on the medication could be taken every day, once a week, once a month or 1–2 times per year.4

What else can I do?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps to strengthen your bones.

What about calcium and vitamin D?

My doctor has recommended I take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Why do I need them?

The combined lifetime risk of hip, forearm and spinal fracture is around 40%, equivalent to the risk of cardiovascular disease.7

An online tool, developed by Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, is available to help understand mum’s risk of poor bone health.

Understand your risk too.

Talk to your doctor today about an osteoporosis management plan if you are at risk of broken bones.

References:

1. Kanis JA, et al. Osteoporos Int 2013;24:23–57. 2. Black DM, et al. N Engl J Med 2007;356:1809–22. 3. International Osteoporosis Foundation and Osteoporosis Australia. Love your bones: Protect your future. 2016. www.osteoporosis.org.au. 4. Osteoporosis Australia. What you need to know about osteoporosis. Consumer guide. 2017. www.osteoporosis.org.au. 5. Siris ES, et al. Mayo Clin Proc 2006;81:1013–22. 6. Siris ES, et al. Am J Med 2009;122:S3–13. 7. Kanis JA. Lancet 2002;359:1929–36.

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