For years now, Big Pharma has been working hard to convince women that they need to start taking a bone med after a certain age.
They’ve pushed this class of osteoporosis drugs every chance they got and from every angle, even signing up celebrities to pawn the stuff.
But millions of women have rejected them. And as you’ll see in a moment, these ladies stood their ground and said “NO!” for a VERY good reason.
But you know the industry. They hate to take “NO!” for an answer. Especially when they believe there’s still big money to be made.
And one drug maker could be quietly working on an approach to breathe new life back into an old washed-up bone med. Because they’ve just been handed a clever new way to convince senior women to give in and fill that prescription.
In fact, if you’re a woman of a certain age, I’m willing to bet you’ll be getting the hard sell yourself pretty soon. It’ll probably go a little something like this, but with a bit more marketing flair, of course…
“Osteoporosis drugs won’t JUST help save your skeleton and help head off bone breaks as you age. They can ALSO help stave off diabetes, too!”
I have to admit it is a great pitch when you consider nearly 30 percent of seniors will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. But the reality? Well, that’s another story entirely.
Can a bone drug really prevent diabetes?
The drug is called alendronate. It’s often sold under the brand name Fosamax.
Alendronate is part of a class of medications called bisphosphonates that are taken to slow bone loss as we age. The meds are designed to stop the kind of age-related bone fractures that can lead to pain, hospitalization, loss of independence, and even early death.
But now, a soon-to-be-published study has named a new potential benefit. And that is, as I mentioned earlier, diabetes prevention.
The researchers, who presented their findings at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting, say alendronate can cut the risk of diabetes in half over eight years. And the longer you take it, the lower the risk.
As I said earlier, that sounds pretty fantastic at first. Avoiding bone breaks AND diabetes at the same time? It’s certainly tempting to say, “sign me up!”
But the devil is in the details, and those details are what make using this drug in this way potentially dangerous. Because when you take bisphosphonates for longer periods, you may face another frightening risk.
Although the research is conflicting, some studies have found the long-term use of these drugs may be linked to devastating bone breaks, especially in the femur. It’s the kind of serious injury that could leave you confined to a wheelchair. And even after you recover, you might never walk quite right again.
In fact, the association between bone drugs and these painful fractures has become so notorious that even many conventional medicine docs now advise stopping them (or at least taking an extended break) after three to five years.
In other words, encouraging folks to take one of the meds for eight years or more, as we see in the new study, would be wildly irresponsible.
Don’t fall for the diabetes prevention pitch
For MORE on this disturbing link see my earlier report Beware of bone drugs that could CAUSE breaks.
But femur fractures aren’t the only nightmarish risk tied to these bone meds, either. Long-term use of bisphosphonates is also linked to osteonecrosis, or DEATH of the jaw bone.
Serious potential side effects already made these drugs a poor choice for bone protection. But it makes them an even worse one for diabetes prevention. Especially when there are better and safer options.
If you ever find yourself getting the hard sell for alendronate (or a similar bone drug) to reduce your type-2 risk, keep in mind this was an entirely observational study. The researchers found this potential link by matching diabetes data from a patient registry to a prescription database.
In other words, it’s an interesting association but not proof of anything. We have no idea if the drug could actually reduce diabetes risk.
For most people, some basic lifestyle changes, including eliminating processed foods and cutting back on added sugars and junk carbs, will send the risk for diabetes plummeting. Plus, natural medicine approaches can also help prevent bone loss.
Talk to your doctor about the four-part nutritional combo known to protect and strengthen bone…
- vitamin D
- vitamin K
The key is to ensure you have the proper levels of all of those essentials because each depends on the others to work. But keep in mind vitamin K doesn’t mix well with blood thinners.