I found a link to this article in the New York Times about osteoporosis drugs posted a couple of days ago on Facebook.
To summarize what I got out of the article:
- Women with low bone density get significant benefit from osteoporosis drugs in the first 3 to 5 years.
- The benefits of the osteoporosis drugs decrease after 5 or so years
- Women with moderate to normal bone density don’t get much benefit from the drugs.
- Osteoporosis drugs have uncomfortable side effects – heartburn, nausea, flu-like symptoms
- Really potential long-term nasty side effects – femur fractures, esophageal cancer, osteonecrosis of the jaw (your jaw bone disintegrates).
Now I’m not a doctor, but it sounds to me like if you have low bone density and are at high risk for fractures, then the osteoporosis drugs are a good idea to try for a few years and see what happens.
If you have moderate or better bone density, then maybe you should look to other solutions to improve your bone density.
I know of one nutritional supplement that I’ve heard very good things about. It isn’t an “osteoporosis treatment”. It is a bone density supplement called OsteoDenx.
When taking OsteoDenx, you don’t have to stay upright for the next 30 to 60 minutes. I’ve never heard of any side effects. It doesn’t get placed into your bone and disrupt the normal use of calcium in the body.
OsteoDenx actually supports your body’s natural calcium use by supplying several of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to properly process and use calcium. It isn’t a calcium supplement and doesn’t actually contain any calcium itself.
Normally, calcium comes into the body through diet, is processed in the presence of other vitamins and minerals, gets stored in the bones, and is removed when needed to regulate the heart and nervous system and to buffer acids to maintain proper body pH.
You can find out more about OsteoDenx here.
There is also a sister product called Calcium Complex designed to work along with OsteoDenx that contains calcium in addition to more of the vitamins and minerals needed to absorb it.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. OsteoDenx and Calcium Complex are nutritional supplements, not drugs. So…
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