What age for bone loss? Does Evista help?

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Question from Suzanne: At what age does a woman usually start losing bone, and does it ever return, say with the help of Evista?
Answers - Charles Shapiro After age 35 when the peak bone mass is reached, all persons, women or men, lose bone, but women have a heightened loss right around the time of menopause because in menopause the estrogen levels are decreasing and estrogen has a protective effect on bone. Raloxifene or Evista is approved for use in postmenopausal osteoporosis, so it's one drug option; however, Evista isn't as effective as Fosamax or some of the other drugs of that class called bisphosphonates.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Keeping Your Bones Strong featured Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to measure the strength of your bones, how to find out your risk for osteoporosis, and what you can do to lower that risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2002.

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