Osteoporosis: 5 Steps for Better Bone Health


If your doctor says you have thinning bones — liver). Research suggests that fractures of spine and hip?

  • What are the side effects?
  • Do I need special instructions for taking my bone medication?
  • Will the medications affect other drugs that I’m taking for other conditions?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working?
  • How soon will I see a change?
  • How long will I take this medication?
  • Am I taking any medications that put me at risk for a fall?
  • What exercise is safest for me?
  • Are there exercises I should not do?
  • How can I know if I’ve fractured a bone in my spine?
  • How soon should I schedule my next appointment?
  • What should I do to prevent falls?
  • Bone Health Step 5: Bone Density Testing

    A bone mineral density test (BMD) is the only way to determine the extent of your bone loss. The gold-standard insurance companies to agree to cover yearly tests, at least for the first year after treatment starts,” Diemer tells WebMD. “If the physician says it needs to be done, they usually will pay. But you may need to be persistent in getting it covered.”