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ANCHOR LEAD: Many more fractures are happening as a result of osteoporosis, Elizabeth Tracey reports.

Osteoporosis related fractures requiring hospitalization increased 55 percent between 1995 and 2006, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports.  That’s in spite of public education campaigns to increase awareness of the condition.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, thinks she understands why.

MILLER:  I think it’s still pretty undertreated.  I think it’s a matter of time, I think in a busy physician’s office when you have fifteen or twenty minutes with a patient and their blood pressure is 170/90 and they have high cholesterol and their back hurts, other things to get through, that screening for osteoporosis falls to the wayside.  Drugs we have, the bisphosphonates, are fifty percent effective , not 100%.                     :24

Prevention remains the best strategy for osteoporosis, with adequate calcium intake and weight bearing exercise the most effective methods.  Miller says most older people should consider being screened for the condition as well.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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