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Experts call for further study into osteoporosis treatment

Published on 15/03/2010
Bisphosphonate treatments, proven to enhance bone density and reduce the number of fractures suffered by post-menopausal women, may adversely affect bone quality when used for four or more years.

That is according to new research from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which suggests the drugs - designed to slow or stop bone loss – can increase risk of atypical fractures of the femur.

Stuart Ralston, professor of rheumatology at Edinburgh University and an expert in bone diseases, revealed that in the majority of fracture patients with osteoporosis bisphosphonates had a positive benefit.

He said: "We need to find out why this is happening; one possibility is genetic predisposition. More research needs to be done in this area, and we would suggest that patients' treatment for osteoporosis should be reviewed by their specialist every five years."

Figures from the National Osteoporosis Society show that almost three million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis.
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