Metabolic Medicine - Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis - Leaflet

Like every other part of the body, your bones gradually refresh themselves during your life. This is achieved by very many small teams of cells, working to together to dig tiny holes and then refill the hole with fresh bone. When you are young more bone is laid down than is taken away. After the age of 30-40 years, however, bone is gradually lost and some people develop osteoporosis. The quality of bone also gets worse as we get older, and some types of drug treatments can also contribute to this.

Bisphosphonates stop bone being reabsorbed, but also reduce the formation of new bone. They work by reducing the numbers of cells actively digging holes at any one time. Over several years they can increase the amount of calcium in your bones, and reduce the risk of breaking bones by up to 70%.

For more information please download the leaflet below.

Release Date: 26 Oct 2014