- New guidelines recommend five years of bone-boosting medications in women
- Physicians advise against frequent screening if you have normal bone density
- One expert wants more advice on testing patients
(CNN)About half of Americans over age 50 risk broken bones due to osteoporosis, a condition that causes decreasing bone mass and deteriorating bone tissue. However, the number of patients being treated for the condition has been declining due to the mistaken perception that one type of medication commonly carries risks including atrial fibrillation and joint pain.