By Ivy M. Alexander

Nearly ten million americans have osteoporosis and thirty-four million have osteopenia (low bone mass) with many extra in danger. even if you think you have got those stipulations or have a pal or relative with osteoporosis or osteopenia, this informative ebook deals aid for women and men of every age. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, moment variation presents authoritative, useful solutions on your questions on remedies, way of life judgements to enhance bone wellbeing and fitness, resources of aid, reviews from women and men with bone loss, and lots more and plenty extra. New subject matters within the moment version contain: FRAX® New drug details in the course of the ebook Osteonecrosis of the jaw nationwide Osteoporosis starting place (NOF) and bone loss trying out

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Selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (such as Paxil®, Prozac®, Zoloft®, and others) are used to treat depression. • Thiazolidinedione (TZD) (Actos®, Avandia®) is used to treat diabetes. If you are taking or using any of these medications, you should have a discussion with your clinician about possible substitutes that would be equally as effective for treating your condition but would not jeopardize your bone health. You might also discuss having your bone health monitored and taking medications intended to treat and prevent further bone loss (see Questions 23–25, and 55).

Over 300,000 Black women have osteoporosis, and approximately 90% of the fractures sustained by older Black women are due to osteoporosis. As Black women age, their risk for fracture doubles every 7 years, and the mortality rates following hip fractures are greater among Black than White women. Similarly, older White males are also more likely to get osteoporosis than their Black or Hispanic counterparts. • Fracture history. If you have broken a bone in adulthood (about 50 years of age or older), you are more likely to have reduced bone mass and therefore osteoporosis.

If you are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of postmenopause such as hot flashes and night sweats, talk with your clinician about taking estrogen to help relieve your symptoms as well as lower your risk of osteoporosis. Grace’s comment: Well, being Black, I didn’t really think it was a big problem for me. But my girlfriend just found out she has osteoporosis, and she has to take medication for it! She told me to get tested, so I talked to my doctor about it. He said we don’t need to test for it until after my periods stop, that the estrogen I have in my body helps protect my bones, but that after the estrogen goes down due to menopause, then I will need to be tested.

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