How will I know what the best remedy or drug is for treating my osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, making bones more susceptible to breaking. Currently, the only method used routinely to screen for osteoporosis is a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) test, and unfortunately the pharmaceutical industry has been using DEXA to overdiagnose many women in … Continued

DEXA Dilemmas: Clarifying Recommendations for Osteoporosis Screening

By Caila Brander We’ve all seen the ads. Pharmaceutical-sponsored commercials and magazine spreads surround us, talking about the “silent killer” — osteoporosis. They warn us that one in two women will break a bone. That you’ll never know you have osteoporosis until you hear a sickening crack. That the only way to prevent this tragedy … Continued

Osteoporosis: Making Sense of a Diagnosis and Tough Decisions About Treatment

By Caila Brander So, you just got home from the doctor with your DEXA bone density results in hand. You were told you have osteoporosis. Should you start taking medication? Are there things you can do without medication? What information can you trust? Each year, thousands of women are diagnosed with osteoporosis, a condition of … Continued

Osteoporosis: Innovations in Screening and Diagnostics

There is currently only one method used routinely to screen for osteoporosis, the DEXA test (short for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry). The DEXA test attempts to predict which women are at risk of bone fracture based on an assessment of their bone density. But there’s a fundamental problem with this method – bone density is not … Continued

Osteoporosis: Treatment

Osteoporosis treatment has radically changed in a relatively short period. In the early 1990s, women had few treatment options. Now, there are many different types of treatments available. This has created a dilemma for women trying to decide which, if any, of these medications they need. Women want to know when it is appropriate to … Continued

Is Ipriflavone Effective in Treating Osteoporosis

I took Ipriflavone for about a year and a half in 2002, but stopped when an alternative provider recommended other treatments. Now I am 72, and a recent DEXA scan showed a much lower T-score. Is there any benefit to this drug? What has research shown? Ipriflavone is an herbal medicine made from a hormone … Continued

What You Should Know about Tymlos (Abaloparatide) for Osteoporosis

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow There’s a new kid in town when it comes to osteoporosis drugs. Meet abaloparatide, brand name Tymlos, which was approved by the FDA on April 28, 2017. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you likely will soon, as manufacturer Radius Health is intent on marketing it until it’s … Continued

Is Prolia a Safe Treatment Option for Osteoporosis

My doctor wants to put me on Prolia, but the list of possible reactions are frightening. Do you have any suggestions on osteoporosis prevention without medication? If medication is required, are there any safe options? I exercise daily and take calcium and vitamin D supplements.   Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to … Continued