If you’re of a certain age, you’re probably quite familiar with the prescription-pad brush-off that all too often comes at the end of a rushed doctor’s appointment. You know the kind of appointment where before you can even retie your shoes your doctor has dashed off a prescription and exited stage left?
I can’t help but wonder if there are some doctors who just love to write prescriptions because… well, heck… they earned the right to do it.
Or is the revolving-door-of-medications simply a self-defense mechanism that they’ve created to protect themselves from marketing-washed patients who are unwilling to take “no” for an answer?
My hunch is that it’s a bit of both. But either way, chances are you’re likely going to end up with at least a few prescriptions that you don’t even need.
“Bone building” prescription drugs should be LAST resort
For example, if you’ve been found to be at risk for osteoporosis and your doctor has written you a prescription for one of those highly marketed bone-building drugs… like the one Sally Fields used to push… you might want to hold off on filling it until you read this.
According to the results of a University of Illinois study, that bone-building med your doctor has foisted off on you should, in fact, be a last resort.
The researchers found that increasing calcium and vitamin D-rich foods in your diet or taking supplements can… gasp… be a very effective way to increase bone-mineral density, significantly reducing your risk of hip fractures.
In other words, by just making a few minor lifestyle changes, you can start to reverse your risk of osteoporosis and never need to take an expensive medication that comes with a frightening list of potential side effects, including–get this–hip fractures!
If you cut down on processed foods and add more protein-, magnesium-, and potassium-rich choices, while increasing the amount of physical exercise you’re getting, you can slash your risk even further.
I have a bone to pick with bone drugs
Bone-building drugs like Bisphosphonate work by shutting down your osteoclasts, cells that break down old bone to make new. As a result the new bone gets built right on top of the old—so if your bone density is retested your readings will be higher… viola!
The problem with this…as any home builder could tell you… is that if you’re not building on a solid foundation your home—or in this case your bone—is not going to be structurally sound. So despite a favorable bone-density test you may still very well be at risk for fractures.
Remember, neither air or a prescription make a very solid foundation to build castles on.