What do you call a drug that CAUSES the very problem it’s supposed to prevent?
I’d say it’s a failure. And I’m betting you’d agree with me.
But there’s a treatment out there right now proven to do precisely that. As new research confirms that a popular class of bone “protecting” drugs can lead to horrifying bone breaks.
You’d think they’d be rushing to warn unsuspecting American consumers. And that it would be yanked off the market to protect patients.
But you’d be wrong. Because the feds are doing NONE of that. In fact, they’re not taking any action. They’re making excuses instead.
So let me do the FDA’s job for them today. I’ve got what you need to know about this risk. And I’ll let you in on a better, safer way to protect your own bone that doesn’t involve dangerous drugs.
The painful damage of a popular bone drug
Bisphosphonate drugs are supposed to protect your bone and prevent osteoporosis. But a new study confirms that long-term use of these drugs can cause sudden and traumatic bone breaks.
Now ANY time a bone snaps, you’re pretty much guaranteed one thing. PAIN. I don’t care if it’s “just” a broken pinkie; it’s going hurt like heck for weeks. And just when you think it’s getting better, you’ll roll over on it in your sleep and wake up seeing stars.
But THIS is something much worse. In fact, it has its own ominous name, the atypical femoral fracture.
Atypical as in definitely not normal. Femoral as in the femur, the longest and (usually) strongest bone in your body. And fracture as in, no matter how long and strong, it can’t withstand this one.
The treatment will make you wince too. It often involves surgery to stick a rod inside and bolt it in place. But unlike a broken pinkie, which is usually caused by sticking your hand where it doesn’t belong, the higher risk for an atypical femoral fracture appears to be linked to the bone drugs.
Strengthen your skeleton naturally
The new study confirms that taking these bisphosphonate meds for 3 to 5 years can send your risk of these bone fractures soaring. But since we’ve seen this risk before, the mainstream already has an answer: drug holidays.
Now it’s true we all love a good holiday. But before you get too excited, this isn’t Christmas at Tahoe. It’s when after taking a bone drug for years, you quit for a bit when you reach that 3- to 5-year window. And since all holidays end, you’ll eventually start back up again too.
Well, I don’t know about you. But that’s not a holiday I plan to be celebrating. I’m running as far from these meds as I can while I still have two intact legs to sprint on.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not worried about my own bones. We all need to be, especially as we get older… and women in particular.
Thankfully, a study earlier this year pointed to a natural solution. The time-tested combination of vitamin D and calcium can cut the risk of all bone breaks by 6 percent, and hip breaks specifically by 16 percent.
That’s already good, but studies show you can make it even better by adding magnesium and vitamin K to the mix.
Of course, don’t quit any meds for your bone or anything else without speaking to a doctor first. And definitely talk to him about vitamin K as certain drugs, such as blood thinners, don’t always play nicely with the vitamin.
But bisphosphonates aren’t the only drugs that can be unkind to your skeleton. The study links another popular drug, proton pump inhibitors, to higher bone break risks too. If you’re taking a heartburn med, you’re going to want to check out this free report.