A study done by Loyola University Health System advocates taking a break from some osteoporosis medications just may be favorable to bone health. Researchers have discovered that bone density remains stable for three years in those patients who had taken a break from bisphosphonates, the popular class of osteoporosis medications such as Fosamax and Boniva, which can produce fractures in thigh bones and decay of tissue in the jaw.
Dr. Pauline Camacho, study examiner and Director of Loyola University Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bones Disease Center states that these kinds of medications can possibly cause harm when taken for long periods of time. There has been almost no knowledge of these medications until now concerning the duration time a patient with osteoporosis should forgo treatment without the medications for this incapacitating condition. The study conducted shows that bones can remain stable after stopping medications for several years.
Health practitioners are suggesting that patients stop taking these medications after being on them for four or five years. The medications will still maintain the bones and decrease the risk of bone loss even after they are stopped.
The goal for the study was to establish the ideal time span after ongoing use of these medications based on alterations of bone mineral density and bone loss. The study examined 139 patients, 123 females and 16 males who had osteoporosis and osteopenia the sign to the disease. Patients who had taken the bisphosphonates for an average of 6.8 years before stopping the medications from 2005 to 2010. Over a span of three years, five fractures happened, but bone mineral density had no great change. Bone loss did start to increase at six months. The type of medication and the length of treatment had no effect on bone mineral density.
Dr. Camacho states even though further studies are required to sufficiently evaluate the longest time to not take the medications, they do know that patients can most safely stop the medications for three years. However, if patients have a fracture during this time they should alert their health care practitioner right away so medications can be restarted. Regular monthly check ups are recommended to monitor bone health.
There are alternative treatments which have been known to aide osteoporosis. Please keep in mind since there is no cure for osteoporosis treatments of all kinds are designed to build bone density and either stop the condition from occurring or slow down its progression. A few are listed below:
Regular chiropractic care can aide in pain relief linked to osteoporosis. It can also aide in injury from the disease. The treatments aide in heightening bone density, keep mobility and range of motion. This is beneficial to provide you protection against the risk of falls and fractures. Make sure your chiropractic is aware of your condition. Treatments are geared to each individual. Chiropractors are trained in the area of osteoporosis.
If you do not have x-rays they usually will be ordered. A lot of chiropractors now do them in their office. Bone scans and bone density tests may be required to determine if a person has osteoporosis, bone disease or compression fracture.
Chiropractic care can also include exercises, ice therapy, TENS units, herbal and supplement advice.
Foods for bone health
A good deal of health care practitioners advocate certain foods and minerals. Calcium and other nutrients need to be consumed for the promotion of bone health. Phosphorus, magnesium, boron, zinc, vitamin D and A are all needed.
Here are a few of the foods:
Black pepper which contains four anti-osteoporosis compounds.
Cod liver oil is a natural sources of vitamins A and D.
Garlic, onions and eggs if cholesterol levels are not high. These contain sulfur which is required for bone health and connective tissues.
Besides the above mentioned vitamins A and D, magnesium, calcium, zinc and boron include:
Kelp which is one the highest sources of vital minerals needed for bone health.
Vitamin K which can usually be obtained from proper amounts from foods like broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes.
Copper which helps bone formation.
Acupuncture is used in the prevention of osteoporosis. Certain acupuncture points can activate the growing of bone tissue and replace tissue loss quickly to prevent decrease in bone density. Acupuncture can strengthen the muscles to support body weight that will produce decreased pressure on the bones
A few of the many herbs recognized to aide osteoporosis.
Black Cohosh in studies has been found that the plant based estrogen’s in the herb may halt bone loss.
Red Clover studies show that an extract of this plant isoflavones may aide in slowing down bone loss
and may even add to bone mineral density.Sources:
Medical News Today
University of Maryland Medical Center