Came across this on Twitter
It's some new research on the effect of Biphosonates on bone and whether they actually make a difference to fracture risk.
High dose prednisolone can cause oesteoporosis ( a weakening of the bone making fractures more likely ).
I know that many with a Vasculitis diagnosis are given the likes of Alendronic acid etc to prevent fractures.
Assessing fracture risk can be complex, age, sex, family history and diet etc can all have an effect.
A DEXA scan is a bone scan which gives information on the state of a patients bone but access to them varies up and down the country. A good diet, weight bearing exercise and optimum levels of calcium and Vit D can all have a positive effect on bone health.
I do think it's reasonable to ask for a DEXA scan before taking Alendronic acid and ask for the evidence base that they prevent fractures. No one wants to take any more medication than they have to.