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Bone density weakens with age, making them more prone to fractures. Find out how to manage bone health and prevent osteoporosis!
Osteoporosis: a silent disease
No one is immune to osteoporosis and the risk of being affected by it increases with age. Because osteoporosis weakens bones, its main consequence is the increased risk of fractures. This weakening of bones stems from significant bone loss, which decreases the amount of bone material and the quality of bone structure.
Generally, in the early stages, osteoporosis has no symptoms. The onset of the following signs and symptoms, among others, is indicative that the disease is established:
Because bone loss begins at age 30, it is important to focus on preventive measures in order to keep the bone mass you have built up.
Certain factors increase the risk of the onset of osteoporosis. In fact, this risk is higher if you:
Preventive measures for osteoporosis
Treatments: should you take medication or not?
Many people wonder whether taking medication helps. Yet, there is no better way to obtain comparable benefits than medication, to prevent fractures. The importance of medication in the treatment of osteoporosis has been proven many times over. However, it is important not to neglect getting a sufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, and other prevention measures.
Your pharmacist can provide information about optimal and safe use of medications against osteoporosis. To maximize results, it is important to carefully follow your treatment even if you don't feel its beneficial effects.
Calcium and vitamin D
Vitamin D is necessary for proper calcium absorption, which makes bones strong and healthy.
In Canada, many people do not get their daily intake of calcium and vitamin D. Supplements can help you get 100% of the recommended daily intake.
RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE
Adults aged 19 to 50
400 to 1000 IU
Adults over 50
800 to 2000 IU
Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Sources of Calcium
250 ml (1 cup)
Hard cheese(Cheddar, Brick, Gouda)
50 g (2 ounces)
125 ml (1/2 cup)
175 g (3/4 cup)
Canned salmon(with bones and broth)
a half 213 g can
Pink : 585 IURed : 780 IU
3 medium size
A bone density test is the most common way to measure bone strength. Bone densitometry is a safe and painless procedure often used to establish a diagnosis of osteoporosis and to assess treatment efficacy. If you present one or more of the risk factors, you should talk to your doctor about preventive measures, the screening test (should you be screened) and medication intended to prevent and treat osteoporosis.
Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about osteoporosis, prevention methods, and treatment.
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