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The first sign of osteoporosis is usually a broken bone; there are often no prior warning signs. One in two women and one in five men over fifty will experience a fracture. However, early treatment can prevent further serious breaks and ill-health, and it is vital for everyone to be aware of how they can protect themselves against this potentially dangerous and painful condition. In this invaluable guide, Dr Stefan Cembrowicz and Dr Theresa Allain answer hundreds of questions from people with osteoporosis and their families. With positive, practical advice on every aspect of osteoporosis, including how to strengthen your bones and prevent fractures and pain, this is an essential handbook for those people suffering from this common condition, and those at risk from it.
Practical answers to over 215 real questions about osteoporosis:
- Positive, practical advice on every aspect of osteoporosis from exercise and lifestyle to jobs and holidays
- Information and advice on the best ways to treat it without affecting your lifestyle, including advice on complementary treatments
- Answers to all the questions you may not have time to ask your doctor
- Details of organizations, helplines and websites for advice, products and support
- What are the danger signs that osteoporosis is developing?
- What is the difference between osteoarthritis and osteoporosis?
- Is my GP able to keep an eye on my bones or do I have to see a specialist?
- Is osteoporosis the same as brittle bone disease?
- How can I decide on the best type of exercise to take?
- How much calcium and vitamin D do I need every day?
- What drug treatments are available for women?
- Do biophosphonates work in men?
- Does fluoride in drinking water affect your bones?
- I've heard that the Alexander Technique can be helpful. How does it work?
- I would prefer not to take HRT. Can you recommend any alternatives?
- I saw a 'natural HRT' bread in a specialist baker's shop. Should I be using this?
- Since I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, I have become intolerant to gluten. Is this related to my osteoporosis?
- Can I prevent my osteoporosis from getting any worse?
- Isn't exercise good for your bones? What is the best sort of exercise to take?
- My daughter is allergic to dairy products. What can she have instead to help prevent her getting osteoporosis in later life?
- How often should my DEXA scan be repeated?
- I've seen glucosamine advertised to help with joint pains. Is it likely to help me?
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Osteoporosis: what is it, and how is it diagnosed?
Part 3 Who gets osteoporosis, and what makes it worse?
Part 4 Prevention and treatment through lifestyle
Part 5 Drug treatment
Part 6 Alternative or complementary remedies
Part 7 Falls and fractures
Part 8 Getting help
Part 9 The future
"I thought I knew everything about osteoporosis as I have it badly, but this book has filled me in on aspects that I'd not considered."Monica Roberts, Brentford
"A very readable collection of information and tips to keep my osteoporosis under control."Elspeth Vaughan, Surrey
About the Authors
Dr Stefan Cembrowicz MB ChB MRCGP is a former GP at the Montpelier Health Centre in Bristol. He is a regular contributor to medical magazines.
Dr Theresa Allain MBBS BSc FRCP PhD is a former Consultant Physician with clinical interest in osteoporosis. Formerly
Speciality Director in Geriatric Medicine at North Bristol NHS Trust and
Secretary of the British Geriatrics Society Falls and Bone Health
Section, she is now working as a physician in Malawi.