||Podcast: Avoid Broken Bones by Learning about
Low Bone Density
Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra
James with Healthcare 411. Information for better health.
Low bone density, which can cause broken bones, affects about 52 million men and
women. While it is not a major concern when we’re young, it can become a serious
health issue as we get older. Fortunately, there are more treatments available
today. A free publication from AHRQ has the latest information.
AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy:
Dr. Clancy: People with low bone density have either a mild form of the
condition called osteopenia, or the more severe osteoporosis. Treatments include
a variety of medicines, nutritional supplements and exercise. Our publication
explains these options, along with other details that will help you with the
kinds of questions you should ask your doctor.
Debra: To get the free guide, Reducing the Risk of Bone Fracture: A
Review of the Research for Adults with Low Bone Density, visit
effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.