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Osteoporosis Risk Factors and Early Life-style Modifications to Decrease Disease Burden in Women

NACHTIGALL, MARGARET J. MD; NAZEM, TARANEH G. MD; NACHTIGALL, RICHARD H. MD; GOLDSTEIN, STEVEN R. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: December 2013 - Volume 56 - Issue 4 - p 650–653
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182aa1daf
Osteoporosis: Diagnosis and Management

Prevention of osteoporosis should begin in childhood and continue throughout adulthood. Although genetic determinants of muscle and bone mass may offer other therapeutic options in the future, currently, counseling should primarily focus on lifestyle modification including healthy dietary practices and regular exercise. Vitamin supplementation, particularly vitamin D, should be considered to enhance diet based on patient’s need. Attention to estrogen status is also important. In addition, patients should be counseled regularly about cigarette cessation and avoiding moderate alcohol intake.

New York University Medical Center, New York, New York

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Steven R Goldstein, MD, New York University Medical Center, 10016. E-mail: steven.goldstein@nyumc.org; newyorkgiordano@hotmail.com

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.