Anorexia Nervosa

Osteoporosis in Anorexia Nervosa: Prevention and Treatment

International Journal of Eating Disorders
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Background: 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.

Discussion: 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.

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Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Dr. Philip S. Mehler began his career at Denver Health more than 35 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine and then Denver Health’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) until he was promoted…

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