ANCHOR LEAD: JUST TAKING A MEDICATION TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS ISN’T ENOUGH, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
As bisphosphonates, the most commonly prescribed class of medication used to prevent and treat osteoporosis, have been in use for a decade now, long term problems related to bone thinning have started to show up. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says the hope is that vigilant calcium supplementation will help.
BELLANTONI: It’s difficult to take a calcium pill two and three times a day but one can change the diet to include calcium fortified foods, and its wonderful now to go to a grocery store and find nutrition bars that have calcium, breakfast cereals that have calcium, wonderful low calorie desserts that are pudding based and tasty in different flavors and yet offer calcium without having to take a pill. :24
Bellantoni reminds people taking bisphosphonates that vitamin D is also necessary. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.