Steroid inhalers / pills for asthma linked to heightened risk of brittle bones and fractures

Taking steroid inhalers or tablets to treat asthma or control flare-ups is linked to a heightened risk of brittle bones (osteoporosis) and increased vulnerability to broken bones (fragility fractures), finds research published online in the journal Thorax.

The higher the cumulative dose, and the longer the period of treatment, the greater these risks seem to be, indicate the findings.

Asthma is common, affecting around 334 million people worldwide. And steroid inhalers and tablets are widely used to dampen down airway inflammation and prevent and/or relieve asthma symptoms.

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