Osteoporosis For Dummies

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Facts and advice to help people understand and prevent osteoporosis

There are an estimated 55 million Americans over the age of 50 who have low bone mass. This easy-to-understand guide helps readers assess their risk and find a practical approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis. It covers bone density tests and a wide range of treatment options for osteoporosis-from hormone replacement therapy and acupuncture to calcium-rich foods, supplements, and exercise-and offers pointers on preventing broken hips and other common fractures.

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Also addresses osteoporosis in men and children

Make no bones about it — osteoporosis is treatable

Concerned about osteoporosis? Whether you want to avoid it or manage it, this friendly, plain-English guide explains the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of low bone mass, offering reassuring advice on the various bone density tests, medications, and pain management options. You'll also see how to make changes in your lifestyle to build and maintain healthy bones.

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  • Assess your risk
  • Keep your bones strong
  • Find the right doctor
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Recover from fractures
  • Manage pain

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Carolyn Riester O'Connor, MD, is certified in bone densitometry and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Sharon Perkins, RN, is the coauthor of Breastfeeding For Dummies and Fertility For Dummies.

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