A T-score of -2.5 or lower is defined as osteoporosis. The lower the score, the greater your risk of fracture.
Bone images courtesy of David W. Dempster, PhD, 2000. Reproduced with permission.
If you don’t know your T-score, ask your doctor to measure your bone density with a DXA scan
Bone density is measured with a DXA scan (sometimes pronounced dexa). This is a fast and pain-free test that determines your T-score, and helps your doctor choose which treatment is right for you.
If you’re on an osteoporosis treatment, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends getting a DXA scan every 1 to 2 years. Your doctor may recommend you receive them more frequently depending on your condition and risk of fracture.
Women taking Prolia® for 3 years reduced their risk of new spine fractures by 68%. In a 3-year study, women not treated with Prolia® had more new spine fractures (7.2%) compared to women treated with Prolia® (2.3%). Study consisted of 7393 patients who received either Prolia® or a placebo (a treatment containing no medicine).
Along with treatment, these tips can also help
reduce your risk of falls and fractures
Talk to your doctor about other health conditions you may have that can cause you to fall.
Keep home well lit and walking paths clear. Install handrails and keep kitchen items within reach.
Reduce your risk
when out and about
Wear shoes with rubber soles, and look out for slippery surfaces, curbs, inclines, or steps.
Enhance your daily diet
Make calcium-rich recipes to get enough calcium in your diet.
Get your exercise
Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises may increase bone density and improve balance.
Get enough calcium
& vitamin D
Even if you’re on a treatment, continue taking enough calcium and vitamin D daily.
In addition to considering these tips, talk with your doctor to see if Prolia® should be part of your treatment plan
What are the possible side effects of Prolia®?
It is not known if the use of Prolia® over a long period of time may cause slow healing of broken bones. The most common side effects of Prolia® in women being treated for osteoporosis after menopause are back pain, pain in your arms and legs, high cholesterol, muscle pain, and bladder infection.
The most common side effects of Prolia® in men with osteoporosis are back pain, joint pain, and common cold (runny nose or sore throat).
The most common side effects of Prolia® in patients with corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis are back pain, high blood pressure, lung infection (bronchitis), and headache.
The most common side effects of Prolia® in patients receiving certain treatments for prostate or breast cancer are joint pain, back pain, pain in your arms and legs, and muscle pain. Additionally, in Prolia®-treated men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer receiving ADT, a greater incidence of cataracts was observed.
These are not all the possible side effects of Prolia®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause who are at high risk for fracture or cannot use another osteoporosis medicine or other osteoporosis medicines did not work well.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis who are at high risk for fracture.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in men and women who will be taking corticosteroid medicines (such as prednisone) for at least six months and are at high risk for fracture.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat bone loss in men who are at high risk for fracture receiving certain treatments for prostate cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat bone loss in women who are at high risk for fracture receiving certain treatments for breast cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.