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Why are steroid inhalers bad for bones?

Sun, 27th Feb 2011

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Chris, Great Yarmouth asked:

Why are steroid inhalers bad for bones?

Answer

We put this to Dr Ken Poole...

Ken -   Yes.  The steroids are one of the classic “bad for bone” drugs.  It’s normally steroid tablets that are worse than the inhalers, but there is a smaller effect of the inhalers.  It's important that if someone is on a steroid inhaler like that, that they do all the lifestyle things like the diet and the exercise, and nutrition to ensure that they get the most out of their bones.

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