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LIFESTYLE CORNER: What You Can Do to Improve Your Bone Health
By Pamela Peeke, MD, MPHHealthyWomen
Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She writes about health and lifestyle issues important to all women.
By now you’ve read about the various treatments available for arthritis, osteoporosis and various joint problems. How about preventing the damage and pain in the first place?
Here are some ways to get started.
Antidepressants and Osteoporosis
If you are postmenopausal and have been taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant such as fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) or sertraline (Zoloft) daily for several months or years, ask your doctor to check your bone density. Recent studies find a substantial increased risk of osteoporosis in women who take daily SSRIs, regardless of other risk factors.
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