Bisphosphonates, a class of bone-strengthening drugs that includes Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast, and Actonel, may actually cause leg fractures.
Although the FDA issued a statement saying it had found no link between bisphosphonate osteoporosis medications and fractures of the femur — one of the strongest bones in the body — it also suggested that the health industry be aware of a "possible risk."
Perhaps you want to know about other ways to strengthen your bones before going on bisphosphonates. Or maybe you already take these medications, but you want to see what else you can do to ensure that your bones are as strong as possible.
The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) — a service of the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — provides a number of tips on how women can strengthen their bones, decreasing their risk of osteoporosis. The good news is that for many women, the answer to stronger bones may be as simple as a few dietary and lifestyle changes.
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