By: Terry Graedon December 6, 2021 6 Comments
    Alendronate Makes Dental Correction More Difficu…

    Are your bones strong and healthy? Or have they begun to weaken? As we age, many of us develop osteoporosis, a condition that leaves our bones porous and at risk of fractures. To address this problem,…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2021 0 Comments
    What’s the Best Way to Take Delayed Releas…

    We get excited when people ask about the best way to take their medicine. If you take certain medicines with food, you may not absorb them well. Other medicines get into your system better if you take…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2020 1 Comments
    Greater Microbe Diversity Found With More Active…

    Vitamin D circulates in the body as 25-hydroxyvitamin D, an inactive precursor of active vitamin D, known as 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. Most studies simply measure the precursor, but researchers at UCSD…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 7 Comments
    Will Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Also Fight Osteo…

    Viagra is the widely recognized brand name for sildenafil. Doctors treating men for erection problems may prescribe that medication. On the other hand, they might prescribe different erectile dysfunct…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2019 9 Comments
    What Can Vitamin K2 Do for You?

    The early 20th century was the Golden Age of vitamin research. Scientists identified previously unknown compounds and named them in order: vitamins A, B, C and so on. The B vitamins turned out to be a…

    By: Terry Graedon August 29, 2019 10 Comments
    How Well Does Vitamin D Help Fight Osteoporosis?

    Vitamin D has a reputation for building strong bones, so you might expect that taking supplements would help fight osteoporosis. Unfortunately, a study published in JAMA suggests that might be unreali…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Boniva Interact with Her Pain Reliever?

    You may think of bones as hard and unchanging, but that is a misconception. Living bones are constantly undergoing remodeling. Some cells break down bone tissue while other cells build it up. If the b…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2019 3 Comments
    Antibacterial Chemical Boosts Risk of Osteoporos…

    For decades, Americans embraced antibacterial products. They sought out hand sanitizers, soaps, kitchen cleansers, toothpastes and cosmetics with an ingredient called triclosan. Toys, clothing and kit…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2019 9 Comments
    FDA Approves Evenity to Build Bone Against Osteo…

    The FDA has just approved a new drug for osteoporosis that works differently than existing medications. Romosozumab will be sold under the brand name Evenity. This injectable monoclonal antibody actua…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 23 Comments
    Show 1139: Will Supplements Keep Your Bones Stro…

    For years, people were urged to take calcium supplements to avoid losing bone density. This advice was aimed particularly at menopausal and postmenopausal women because they are especially susceptible…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 20 Comments
    Will Osteoporosis Drugs Make Your Joints Hurt?

    As people age, both muscle mass and bone density begin to fade. The consequences of bone loss can be devastating. When bones become weak, they break easily. If an older person fractures a hip, they ma…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 12 Comments
    The Inside Story on Zoledronate (Reclast) and Bo…

    The headlines have been enthusiastic: “Osteoporosis drug Shows Promise for Fracture Prevention.” NPR ran a story that emphasized the strong evidence supporting zoledronate as a safe drug to preven…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 13 Comments
    Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements for Strong…

    Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. When young children don’t get enough vitamin D, they can develop a bone deformity called rickets. This nutrient acts as a hormone in the body. It is vital fo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2018 14 Comments
    Will You Get Osteoporosis If You Take Omeprazole…

    Do you take omeprazole (Prilosec) or another proton pump inhibitor such as esomeprazole (Nexium) or lansoprazole (Prevacid)? Such PPI drugs were once thought to be relatively free of side effects, but…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2018 12 Comments
    An Old Drug (Zoledronate) Offers New Hope Agains…

    Weakened bones are a very big deal. If an older person falls and breaks a hip the outcome can be grim. There is pain. There is also lack of mobility. That can lead to blood clots that migrate from leg…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2018 17 Comments
    Can You Boost Your Bone Density with Exercise?

    Weakened bones with low bone density put a person at risk for fracture. When an older person breaks a hip, the consequences can be devastating. As a result, it makes sense to look for ways to boost yo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 5 Comments
    Agonizing Constipation from Calcium Pills for Bo…

    Some medications cause constipation as a side effect. Occasionally, people report that simple supplements can trigger agonizing constipation. As a result, one reader faced a dilemma: Trying to Take Ca…

    By: Terry Graedon April 5, 2018 12 Comments
    Do You Need to Take Calcium Supplements?

    For decades, women and older adults were advised to take calcium supplements to help maintain bone strength. More recently, however, concerns have been raised about the possibility that calcium supple…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2018 13 Comments
    New Calcium Study Has People Confused and Upset

    A new calcium study has created a lot of confusion and consternation. To refresh your memory: a randomized trial of calcium supplements has revealed an unexpected complication (Gut, March 1, 2018). Do…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 18 Comments
    Should You Worry About Calcium Side Effects Like…

    Until recently, extra calcium was considered essential for good health. Millions of women popped a calcium pill or two every day. They assumed there were no calcium side effects, though some complaine…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 9 Comments
    Can You Prevent Wrinkles with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, has been controversial for quite some time. In the 20th century, women were often admonished that taking estrogen and progestin after menopause would not only ease…

    By: Joe Graedon December 28, 2017 60 Comments
    How Did Doctors Go So Wrong on Calcium and Vitam…

    For decades, physicians have been advising their older female patients to take extra calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. It seemed logical. Both calcium and vitamin D play a role in building bone…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2017 27 Comments
    Show 1093: How to Keep Your Bones Strong

    Osteoporosis, weakened bones, affects about 10 million Americans. But low bone density is even more common. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of adults over 50 are at risk …

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help Prevent Broken Bones?

    Keeping bones strong calls for life-long attention. During childhood and adolescence, bones increase in density and strength until early to mid-adulthood. To avoid broken bones in later years, we need…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Strong Bones?

    Is there a connection between diet and osteoporosis? Women who want to keep their bones strong might wish to follow the best diet, which is an anti-inflammatory diet. What Is the Link Between Diet and…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 10 Comments
    Is the Calcium Added to Almond Milk Helpful or R…

    Certain sacred cows in health keep showing up time and again. Take calcium supplements as an example. Even doctors who are extremely skeptical of the value of vitamin and mineral supplements in genera…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2016 9 Comments
    Why You Should Take Magnesium for Strong Bones

    The usual recommendations for keeping bones strong are a bit too simplistic. Generally, women are told to take high-dose calcium supplements. (Men can also get osteopenia-decreased bone mass-and oste…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2016 104 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    One of the biggest flip-flops in modern healthcare disappeared without a trace. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium pills to streng…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 6 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2016 0 Comments
    Are Kids Ruining Their Bones in Front of the TV?

    Children who spend hours in front of a television may be ruining their bones, or at least setting themselves up for osteoporosis later in life. The Study from Oz: A new study in Australia monitored t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2016 59 Comments
    Do People Know About Serious Reclast Side Effect…

    Drugs to prevent broken bones can boomerang and actually cause fractures. Fortunately, this is relatively rare, but when it happens it can be devastating! Q. I have had problems with Reclast. Last Jun…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 28 Comments
    Are Calcium Supplements A Waste of Money?

    Vitamins Are Worthless: For decades, many doctors have told their patients not to bother with vitamin and mineral supplements. The argument is that such pills are a waste of money. Calcium is Wonderfu…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 17 Comments
    Calcium Supplements Do NOT Prevent Broken Bones

    Can you keep your bones strong by taking calcium supplements? Older people, particularly older women, have long been advised to get 1,200 mg of calcium daily, primarily from supplements. Many doctors …

    By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2015 18 Comments
    Vitamin D Supplements Fall Short in Boosting Bon…

    Despite recommendations from public health authorities for people to consume their vitamin D through pills rather than sun exposure, a new study casts doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements. The …

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2015 13 Comments
    Drug Interaction Could Lead to Disastrous Osteop…

    Doctors may not always keep up with the latest research on drug side effects. To an extent, that is understandable. A busy family practice physician, internist or OB/GYN may have to see more than 20 p…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2014 6 Comments
    Milk Doesn’t Make Bones Strong

    We've long been told that milk builds strong bones, but a new study from Sweden did not show a link between high milk consumption by older adults and a lower risk of fracture. If anything, women who d…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 12 Comments
    Did Heartburn Medicine Undermine His Bone Streng…

    Most people think that weak bones are only a problem for older women. That is not necessarily the case. Certain medications can make men as well as women more susceptible to osteopenia. What is the be…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2013 181 Comments
    Reclast Side Effects Incapacitate Patient

    Before agreeing to take any medication, people should be aware of the benefits and risks. There are a number of drugs that are used to combat osteoporosis, which is certainly a benefit. But all of the…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2012 7 Comments
    Steroid Shots in Joints Weaken Bones

    Q. What effect do cortisone shots have on the body? In order to keep playing tennis I have received shots in my hip, knees and shoulders over the last few years. I have read that oral prednisone can l…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2012 3 Comments
    Broken Thigh Bone Linked to Drug

    Q. My sister (60 years old) just broke her femur without any trauma. She simply stepped down and as she stepped her femur snapped. She had taken Fosamax for 5 years and stopped last year when she hear…