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: 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 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 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 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 11, 2016 92 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    The latest flip-flop in health has to do with calcium. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium supplements to strengthen their bones. A…

    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 51 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 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: Joe Graedon April 15, 2013 169 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…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2012 6 Comments
    Olive Oil for Strong Bones

    Spanish researchers have found that a Mediterranean diet containing lots of virgin olive oil may be good for bones as well as the heart. For the study, more than 100 older men were randomly assigned t…

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2012 7 Comments
    Don’t Count on Bone Drugs Long Term

    FDA researchers are questioning the long-term benefits of bone drugs like Actonel, Boniva, Reclast and Fosamax (alendronate). These bisphosphonate medications are prescribed to build bone and reduce t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2011 26 Comments
    Dried Plums Keep Bones Strong

    As we grow older, our bone density drops, putting us at risk for fractures. In women, this process accelerates at menopause; older men are also at risk. A variety of medications can be used to treat o…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2011 14 Comments
    Protecting Bones without Heartburn

    Q. I have osteoporosis and my doctor prescribed Fosamax. I took it for years, but it caused severe heartburn that I could not handle. When I complained to the doctor, he offered Boniva. Reading the la…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2011 11 Comments
    Keeping Bones Strong

    Q. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis around menopause and was prescribed Fosamax. It gave me flu-like symptoms every time I took it. Actonel gave me an ulcer. My doctor discovered I have celiac diseas…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2011 5 Comments
    Calcium: Friend or Foe

    Every day millions of Americans swallow calcium pills in an attempt to keep their bones strong. For decades, women in particular have been told that extra calcium is critical to ward off osteoporosis.…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2010 3 Comments
    Does Breastfeeding Increase Risk of Osteoporosis…

    Breast feeding has many benefits for the infant as well as the mother, but Mexican researchers have found one possible downside to prolonged breast feeding. Postmenopausal women whose children nursed …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2010 4 Comments
    Bones Benefit from Exercise at Any Age

    Older women trying to protect their bones and prevent fractures could benefit from exercise. A Finnish study of 160 elderly women randomized half to group instruction on exercises to improve balance a…