Osteoporosis in anorexia nervosa: Prevention and treatment


  • Philip S. Mehler

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    1. Department of Internal Medicine, Denver Health and The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado
    • Denver Health, 660 Bannock Street, MC1914, Denver, CO 80204
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Osteoporosis is a very prevalent complication of anorexia nervosa. In contrast to the many other medical complications of anorexia, osteoporosis and its sequelae of fractures, kyphosis, and pain may persist regardless of the overall treatment outcome.


Traditional well-proven therapies for postmenopausal osteoporosis are not as effective against osteoporosis in anorexia nervosa. Therefore, clinicians who treat these patients must become increasingly vigilant about osteoporosis in regards to preventive, diagnostic, and treatment strategies. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 33: 113–126, 2003.