Ladies, the mainstream medical establishment will WARN you not to do it. They’ll URGE you to stick with “the plan” and dutifully pop your bone drugs daily.
Doctors will INSIST that bisphosphonate meds are the best and only way to protect your bones against painful breaks. And that they’re your best bet to hold on to your mobility and independence as you grow older.
What about those BIG RISKS you’ve read about? You know, the ones that have led millions to quit these bone drugs? Shhhhhh. We don’t talk about those.
Perhaps you’ve even been told that quitting the bone drugs will put you in danger. I wouldn’t be surprised. After all, many women have been strong-armed into continuing to take them with the same misinformation.
But new research reveals the TRUTH about what happens when you give up on bisphosphonates. HINT: It’s NOT what you’ve been told.
Bone drugs come with shocking side effects
When bisphosphonates hit the market about a generation ago, they were hailed as a game-changer. Remember those celebrity-studded ad campaigns?
And sure, I’ll admit the early numbers they were feeding us looked good. I mean REAL good.
But of course, the drugs were approved BEFORE we knew all of the long-term risks. And before long, those started to become all too clear.
Women who took the drugs for the long haul… especially five years or more… started to experience sudden and horrific bone BREAKS. And just to be clear, the word “break” is putting it mildly. In some cases, the bone was shattered – the kind of gruesome injury you might expect to see after something traumatic like a car crash.
Except these breaks happened out of nowhere. One minute, you’re fine. The next… CRAAACKKKKK! And life is never the same again.
If that’s not scary enough, studies have also linked the long-term use of these bone drugs to osteonecrosis of the jaw. That’s when your jawbone basically rots right inside your head and then dies (yes, the BONE can DIE).
You’d think that would spell the end of these meds. But many mainstream doctors STILL push them and INSIST, the benefits outweigh the risks.
Some very low-risk patients are told you should take a “drug holiday” at five years, which is when you can temporarily quit. But for the most part, the “experts” and guidelines say that women need to keep taking them FOREVER or else.
Beef up your bones without dangerous drugs
Now, the new study shows what happens if you ignore all those dire warnings and quit the bone drugs anyway. Are you ready for this?
That’s right. Quitting the drugs at five years – not a “holiday” but just plain giving up for good – doesn’t appear to increase the risk of breaks or fractures.
So if you’re on them now and considering putting an end to this madness, this study offers some critical information to consider and discuss with your doctor. Just don’t quit on your own, of course.
There are other ways to protect and strengthen bone without putting yourself at risk. And no, I’m NOT talking about calcium. At least not calcium alone.
You see, you can gnaw on calcium chews until you’re sore in the jaw, and you likely WON’T get the protection you need. And it’s not because calcium doesn’t work. It’s because calcium needs a little help to do its job.
So along with calcium, make sure you get its bone-boosting partners: magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin K. (Click here to find out how vitamin D and K could help you head off a hip break.) Just speak to a doctor before taking K if you’re on blood thinners such as warfarin as they don’t play nice together.