Osteoporosis therapy; what happens when treatment is finished?

Treating osteoporosis requires a long term commitment.  When appropriately risk stratified, treatment is effective.  But as in any chronic disease, treating thin bones is a long term proposition.  Evidence continues to emerge that helps to guide both the duration of therapy and f/u status checks.  The link below reminds us that after bisphosphonate therapy ends (usually 5 years), an immediate post treatment dexa scan helps to predict fracture risk better than blood tests and/or ongoing dexa’s.

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1867177

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