Scary new warning for folks on bone meds
You’ve heard the horror stories. You might even know someone who’s suffered a painful bone break while taking a drug to supposedly protect those bones.
But ask your doc about that risk, and he won’t give you the truth.
He’ll give you the runaround!
The mainstream acts as if the risk is rare… overblown by the media… and more freakish bad luck than anything to do with the drugs they’re pushing.
But new research exposes the ugly truth about some of the world’s top-selling bone drugs.
The risk isn’t overblown… and has nothing to do with luck.
It’s the meds!
The new study finds that bisphosphonate drugs can actually weaken the very bones they’re supposed to strengthen, causing tiny “micro-fractures” to form that could undermine the entire structure.
Researchers at the highly-respected Imperial College London examined the bones of older women with osteoporosis with a level of detail never seen before.
They didn’t just run a scan or a simple X-ray.
They used X-rays combined with a particle accelerator to study deep inside the microstructure of bones that had been removed from women who had hip replacement surgeries.
And what they saw was shocking.
Women who had been on bisphosphonate drugs had weaker bones lined with tiny “micro-cracks” that can’t be seen on the conventional imaging tests your doctor uses.
One of the researchers compared it to what you might see if you repeatedly bent a plastic ruler. Long before the ruler breaks, you’ll start to notice tiny cracks forming.
Women with osteoporosis who had been taking the drugs had 24 percent more of those tiny cracks than women with the disease who weren’t on the meds.
Sure, there were fewer holes in the bone — which is something that your doctor might notice on the scans he uses and that might make him think the drugs are working.
But those tiny cracks he can’t see can undermine the entire bone structure.
As a result, in the study, women on bisphosphonate meds had bones 33 percent WEAKER than women who weren’t taking the drugs.
That’s exactly what you don’t want — at ANY age. But it’s especially dangerous in older women already facing osteoporosis.
The scientists say this might only affect a small number of patients, but that’s hardly reassuring. Unless your doctor happens to have access to a particle accelerator, you’ll never know if you’re one of them.
Fortunately, you have a better way to protect your bone, starting with the basics.
Calcium, of course, is part of the formula. But calcium can’t work alone, which is why women who gnaw on vitamin chews and practically drown themselves in milk see almost no change in bone health.
You also need vitamin D and magnesium, so make sure your bone formula contains all three as well as oleuropein, a natural compound found in olives that can increase the number of stem cells that form bone instead of fat.