How are men medically treated for osteoporosis?

Medical treatment of osteoporosis includes:

Calcium—keeps bones strong. Calcium intake should be around 1200-1500mg per day in men over 70, and 1000 mg per day in other men.

Vitamin D—helps the body absorb calcium. Individuals should receive 600-800IU per day.

Anti-osteoporotic medications, such as:

  • Bisphosphonates—a group of anti-resorptive medication which slows the breakdown of bone, the class of medications includes oral alendronate (Fosamax®), risedronate (Actonel®), as well as intravenous Pamidronate (Aredia®) and zoledronate (Reclast®).
  • Anabolic agents—such as parathyroid hormone (Forteo®), stimulate bone formation.
  • Hormone replacement therapy—treatment for the underlying conditions leading to osteoporosis.
  • Calcitonin—may help improve bone formation. It can be administered used as a nasal spray or as an injection.

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