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Calcium, vitamin D first-line treatments of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis -- ACR.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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CALCIUM, VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION FOR OSTEOPOROSIS induced by glucocorticoids are among the therapies recommended by The American College of Rheumatology in guidelines released Oct. 21. The guidelines conclude that "calcium and vitamin D supplements, sex hormone replacement, and a weight-bearing exercise program that maintains muscle mass are suitable first-line therapies" for steroid-induced osteoporosis. Glucocorticoids, the paper says, often are used to treat patients with asthma, chronic lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and in organ transplantation.

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