Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Protect Yourself From Bone Loss

People taking corticosteroids, such as prednisone, for more than three months should have a bone-density scan every six to 12 months...take calcium supplements and 400 IU to 800 IU of vitamin D daily. Ask your doctor what is best. Monitoring and preventing bone loss are easier than the years of therapy needed to rebuild bone that steroids may weaken.

source: Barbara Lukert, MD, Director, Osteoporosis Clinic, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas.

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