Osteoporosis: A patient’s guide to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

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Osteoporosis: A patient’s guide to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

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A patient education tool describing osteoporosis, how diagnosis is made, and the prevention and treatment options. Bisphosphonate treatment is the usual pharmacological treatment. Bisphosphonates have been proven to be safe for long-term use up to 10 years; however, there is little data supporting the use beyond 5 years except in patients with a high risk for osteoporotic fracture.


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Pepin, Scott R.. (2009). Osteoporosis: A patient’s guide to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/49804.

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