Since You Asked – Weekly Q & A
Do you have a question you’ve been dying to ask, but didn’t know who to turn to? Well, now you do. The National Women’s Health Network has established a weekly Q & A column where you can ask questions on a variety of topics. Those topics include contraception, abortion, sexual health, menopause & menopause hormone therapy, osteoporosis, obesity, and some aspects of heart disease. Each week we will feature a new question. See this week’s question below.
To view past questions, check out our Since You Asked Archives.
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- A feminist perspective on current issues in women’s health
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Weekly Question – My bone cells were compromised from taking Prolia medication. What other treatments do you recommend to help me with osteoporosis?
Prolia is a medication treatment option for people with osteoporosis. Prolia is a type of monoclonal antibody, which stops the natural breakdown of bones. Due to its long list of side effects and potential long term risks, it should only be used if other treatment methods have failed or by post-menopausal women who have severe osteoporosis. It is unclear if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Osteoporosis cannot be completely cured or reversed. However, there are measures that can be taken to curb progression and manage symptoms. The National Women’s Health Network advocates that women first try non-drug treatment options, such as certain diet and exercise choices to assist with preventing or reducing the symptoms of osteoporosis. It is important to get adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet, which help build and preserve your bone strength. Older female adults should get 1,200 mg of calcium per day and 600-800 IU/day of vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D work together as vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, including various cereals and milk. If necessary, vitamin D supplements are available.
Exercise is highly recommended to help prevent osteoporosis and reduce symptoms in patients who already have it. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, hiking, jogging, and stair climbing are suggested by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Along with muscle-strengthening exercises such as weight lifting, weight machines, or body weight strength workouts. Both types of workouts are recommended for building or maintaining bone density. It is important to note that over-exercising and straining your body during workouts can lead to injury, negative effects, and increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. It is always important to complete workouts in a safe and proper manner, appropriate for your body.
For additional information, we recommend visiting the NWHN osteoporosis treatment page for a list of other FDA-approved osteoporosis medications prior to trying Prolia.
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