A patient with hyperparathyroidism is prescribed estrogen and progesterone after refusing surgery. Which of the following should the nurse include in the patient's discharge instructions?

Exercise regularly.

Explanation

• Hyperparathyroidism increases bone resorption, causing calcium to flow from the bones to the blood. A moderate exercise program will strengthen bones and prevent bone loss.

• Weight loss is important, but exercise takes priority.

• Although some patients with hyperparathyroidism experience fatigue, frequent naps and rest periods are not usually necessary.

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