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Osteoporosis (cont.)

Is Follow-up Needed After Osteoporosis Treatment?

If you are being treated with estrogen replacement therapy, be sure to have routine mammograms, pelvic exams, and Pap smears as recommended to monitor the possible medication side effects. If you are on non-hormonal treatment, have urine and kidney function tests and routine follow-up visits with your doctor.

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Is It Possible to Prevent Osteoporosis?

Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis later. The average woman has acquired 98% of her skeletal mass by 30 years of age.

There are four steps to prevent osteoporosis. No one step alone is enough to prevent osteoporosis.

  • Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Engage in weight-bearing physical exercise.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle with no smoking or excessive alcohol intake.
  • Take medication to improve bone density when appropriate.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/30/2017

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