Many women take aromatase inhibitors (AIs) (e.g. anastrozole, exemestane, or letrozole) to treat or prevent a breast cancer recurrence. But the downside is that these drugs increase your risk of a bone fractures (by 6-11%). So how can you prevent a bone fracture from occurring if you are taking these medications?
First off - there are a few straight forward but often difficult lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your chance of fracturing a bone: stop using tobacco and limit alcohol, and caffeine. Weight-bearing exercises can improve bone health. This doesn’t necessarily mean lifting weights because yoga, tai chi, golf, and walking are all considered weight bearing.
You MAY need to take a calcium supplement but first check out your diet because you might already be getting enough from your diet alone. You can estimate the amount of calcium you are receiving from your diet by using the osteoporosis calcium calculator.
After you complete the calcium calculator, if you find you are in need of a calcium supplement check out the simple chart below to find a product that is right for you. Not all supplements so here are a few simple tips to point you in the right direction.
Many options are available to decrease your risk of a bone fracture while taking an AI. First consider making some lifestyle changes then assess the calcium from your diet and pick a supplement if needed.
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