- Question from Betty: Do certain blood pressure medicines contribute to bone density loss?
- Answers - Charles Shapiro Thiazide diuretics or certain water pills contribute to bone loss.
- Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. Steroids like Prednisone or Decadron can certainly increase your risk for osteoporosis. If you need to take these medications over a long period of time, osteoporosis is a real issue.
- Charles Shapiro Most commonly, severe asthmatics or people with chronic emphysema who are on long-term steroids may have a problem with bone loss.
- Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. Or rheumatoid arthritis.
- Charles Shapiro There are other medical conditions that are associated with bone loss, such as a hyperactive thyroid gland.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Keeping Your Bones Strong. Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered 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.
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