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nochick posted:

I was just told I have ostepenia and not osteporasis. Is one less serious than the other. Also I was given Boniva to take. Is this an estrogen? Just wondering because I had breast cancer 10 years ago and remember the doctor saying I should not be given hormonal meds. I am so afraid of taking the osteo drugs because of all of the SERIOUS side effects. Can just Vitamin D help reverse my bone loss?
bonebabe responded:
To answer your questions:

No, Boniva is not an estrogen. You could also take Evista as it is a synthetic hormone that is often given to breast cancer patients.

No, Vitamin D alone cannot reverse your bone loss.

The "serious" side effects of osteo drugs are over-hyped and are rare. The benefits certainly outweigh the risks if you have a high risk of fracture.

Osteopenia is a term used to define low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a diagnosed disease. Having osteopenia doesn't mean you won't fracture. Having osteoporosis doesn't mean you will. In fact, more people with osteopenia fracture than do those with osteoporosis.

Go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website for a lot of information on your questions and more. It's the gold standard of osteo research. .

Also make sure you're getting 1200 mg of calcium each day, taken in split doses at mealtimes, along with 1000 IU of Vit D. Your body needs it and your Boniva won't work withouth it.

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