Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis

Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis

Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis

Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis

Excerpt

Thirty years ago, osteoporosis was considered to be an unfortunate result of growing old. Few people gave credence to Dr. Larry Riggs' prediction that osteoporosis would become a preventable — in fact, curable — disease in his professional lifetime. But in part through the efforts of Dr. Riggs, a Mayo physician and true pioneer in osteoporosis research, his prophecy has largely become fact. Today, bone loss due to aging or as a result of other diseases and medications can usually be avoided or effectively managed. Future generations will not experience the degree of fracturing, pain and disability that have resulted from osteoporosis in the past.

Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis emphasizes a take-charge approach to successfully managing the disease by providing detailed information and guidance on diet, exercise, medications and pain control. Attention is focused on reducing your risk of fracture and falling, alerting you to the importance of good posture and risky movements to avoid. There is also reliable information about the latest advances in medication and smart advice on how to evaluate your treatment options.

Mayo Clinic doctors who specialize in osteoporosis have reviewed each chapter to ensure that you receive the most accurate information. These doctors were assisted by Mayo specialists in physical therapy, nutrition and pain management.

We believe you'll find this book to be a practical resource for effectively managing osteoporosis. Use of the strategies described in these pages, together with the support of family and friends and the guidance of your personal physician, can offer you the best opportunity to control the disease and continue living an active and independent life.

Stephen Hodgson, M.D. Editor in Chief . . .

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