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Recover Overcoming Treatment Osteoporosis

One of the potential side effects of doesn’t necessarily reveal itself right away, but it could lead to serious problems down the road. It is , which happens naturally over time as women age. But if you have had treatment, and particularly , you could be at greater risk. 

occurs "silently" and progressively. Most often, there are no symptoms until a fracture occurs.  The term literally means "porous bone," and it happens when the bone density and quality of your bones are reduced. When your bones become more porous and fragile, they are more likely to break, therefore your risk of fracture increases.

With treatment, and sometimes surgery, many survivors experience a loss of ovarian function, which reduces levels. protects the bones, and when it is suppressed by treatment, it creates an deficiency that triggers bone loss and becomes a risk factor for . If a woman already has low bone mass () before her is diagnosed, she is at even greater risk. 

Aside from treatment, there are other links between and . They are:

  • itself. This disease can increase the bone-dissolving process of cells known as osteoclasts. As a result, the bones weaken.
  • Early . Some types of (, and ) might stop the ovaries from producing , which in turn brings on . Without estrogen’s bone-protecting effects, bone loss may occur.
  • . These often help women cope with the side effects of . But bone loss is a potential side effect of their continuous use.
  • Surgically induced from removal of the ovaries () or radiation-induced resulting from irradiation to the ovaries. While these procedures are done to slow growth (some are stimulated by ), they can also lead to a sudden lowering of levels, as well as a rapid loss of bone mass.
  • Hormonal therapies using (letrozole, anastrozole, others). These are newer types of treatment used for postmenopausal women with . Early research suggests these have the potential to lead to a loss of bone density, but further studies are going on. Other hormonal treatments such as and can shut down the ovaries in premenopausal women, leading to a lack of production and, consequently, bone loss.

So, how do you manage and treat ?
Even though bone loss cannot be totally reversed, you can take action to prevent and treat your condition even after the onset. First, you must realize that nutrition and exercise are crucial to good bone health. But before you take any action, consult your doctor to discuss adequate screening and bone-density testing, as well as any proper interventions, if necessary.

You can easily make some lifestyle adjustments, if you haven’t already, such as:

  • Taking on a daily basis. Daily calcium intake should be 1,000 milligrams for women ages 19 to 50 and 1,200 milligrams for women older than 50.  Your intake should be between 400-800 international units.
  • Exercising regularly by engaging in cardio activities such as dancing, climbing stairs, walking and weight and strength training.
  • Refraining from smoking, it weakens the bones.
  • Decreasing alcohol intake.
  • Maintaining good posture. Yoga, Pilates and tai chi may also help you maintain good posture and overall body health and flexibility.
There are medications available to treat and manage , such as and , that are useful, especially with survivors. drugs, such as , and, are some of the most popular drugs for women that work to prevent bone loss.
Here are some that might help you better understand how to treat and manage :
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