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 6 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 5 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 34 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 11 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 128 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 14 Comments
    Dried Plums Keep Bones Strong

    Investigators at Florida State University suggest a dietary preventive strategy for osteoporosis. They conducted a year-long study in which 100 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to eat 100 g…

    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…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2010 11 Comments
    Questioning Conventional Wisdom on Calcium

    Americans like simple solutions to complicated problems. This is especially true in medicine. Two fundamental "truths" of health advice are 1) calcium builds strong bones and 2) saturated fat clogs co…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2010 6 Comments
    Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Dental Problems

    People who take osteoporosis drugs such as Actonel, Boniva and Fosamax should be aware that such medications have been linked to rare but serious dental complications. The problem is called osteonecro…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2010 4 Comments
    Does Too Much Protein Weaken Bones?

    Critics of a low-carb diet sometimes suggest that too much protein will weaken bones. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition throws doubt on that belief. Researchers collected dieta…

    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…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2009 12 Comments
    The Baffling Business of Bones

    Bones are getting a lot of buzz these days. For one thing, TV commercials promoting osteoporosis drugs like Boniva and Reclast create an image of healthy activity. Watch television and you are likely …

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2008 19 Comments
    How Safe Are Drugs for Strong Bones?

    We are often asked about long-term side effects of medications people will be taking for a long time. Drugs to treat osteoporosis are usually taken for years, if not decades. FDA usually does not requ…