Health Alert: Osteoporosis Drugs

New studies have shown that taking bisphosphonate drugs to increase bone density and cure osteoporosis is not safe. Over the course of 3-5 years, these drugs actually weaken bones rather than strengthen them. People who have taken bisphoshonates for an extended period of time are at a greater risk of brittle bones, femur fracture, esophageal cancer, esophagitis, and osteonecrosis of the jaw. Bones become so brittle that it is possible to fracture the femur while just standing in place. Or, in some cases, ostenonecrosis of the jaw can cause such severe damage that the jawbone must be surgically removed.

These drugs include:

  • Fosamax
  • Fosamax Plus D
  • Zometa
  • Didronal
  • Reclast
  • Boniva
  • Actonel
  • Aclasta
  • Aredia
  • Atelvia
  • Skelid

If you are taking any of these medications, it may be wise to speak to your doctor about discontinuing the use of bisphosphonates. The only real way to build bone mass is to perform weight-bearing exercises. There are no short cuts to building denser, stronger bones. Start exericising with weights and taking raw osteofactor nutrient supplement to build healthier bones!

Sources: thigh-bone-fracture/851095/

Dr. Demetri Meimaris,  31 Mercer Street, Suite 1A, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601  (201) 487-3131


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