Beware of Osteoporosis in Men
Doctors are now paying more attention to what they believe to be an under-reported and under-diagnosed problem of osteoporosis in men. The vast majority of research has been on reducing or preventing bone density loss in women.
One of the newest and most effective treatments is Fosamax, a daily pill that is expensive and can cost $60 a month or more. Clinical studies show it is safe for men who have glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis or Paget's disease of the bone.
Talk to your doctor if you're interested, because the drug has not undergone studies for other causes of male osteoporosis. The research shows ensuring adequate calcium and Vitamin D intake is especially important for these patients.
For the maximum benefit, patients take Fosamax with plain water right after getting out of bed and then wait 30 minutes before consuming any food or beverage. Even drinking orange juice or coffee will significantly reduce the absorption of the drug.
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