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 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    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 11 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 12 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 16 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: 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: Joe Graedon December 28, 2017 52 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 October 31, 2016 8 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 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 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: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 12 Comments
    Did Heartburn Medicine Undermine His Bone Streng…

    Most people think that weak bones are a problem of older women. That is not necessarily the case. Medications can make men as well as women more susceptible to osteopenia. What is the best way to buil…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2014 1 Comments
    Lower Bone Mineral Density Was Found in People w…

    People with asthma may also be at greater risk for bone loss, called osteoporosis. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined data of more than 7,000 asthmatic individuals in South Korea and fou…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2012 0 Comments
    Exercise Boosts Bone Strength

    The benefits of exercise are well recognized for the heart, but now scientists have evidence that physical activity can also benefit bones. Approximately 1,200 premenopausal women were included in the…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2010 21 Comments
    Strengthening Bones without Upsetting Stomach

    Q. I am 62 years old and just had my second bone density test. I was told I have osteopenia and should take Boniva. I have been lactose intolerant for many years. Consuming milk gives me smelly gas, u…