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Do osteoporosis medications prevent broken bones?

Studies show that in many people, osteoporosis medicines help lower the chance of broken bones by reducing bone loss and increasing bone density. To show why this is important, consider what may be the most serious type of fracture caused by osteoporosis, a broken hip. Reports estimate that in people who have osteoporosis, these medicines reduce the chance of breaking a hip by as much as half. As a result, osteoporosis treatment could prevent almost 100,000 hip fractures and many fracture-related deaths each year.

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