Drawing on the expertise of a distinguished international team, this book features two hundred recent papers in the peer-reviewed literature that will affect the practice of physicians managing osteoporotic patients. Each paper is summarized, reviewed, and placed in clinical context. Coverage includes new theories in the underlying causes of osteoporosis and the latest differing views on prevention and non-pharmacological strategies. Chapters in this guide include: * risk factors for osteoporosis and fracture * lifestyle and prevention of osteoporosis * bone measurements x-ray absorptiometry methods * how to identify those who will benefit from pharmacological treatment. This book also reviews new drugs and the possibilities of further pharmaceutical advances, providing a comprehensive overview of the latest clinical research, carefully assessed and put into context.