There are enough normal risks for developing osteoporosis
without introducing outside influences! Brooks osteoporotic
patients will share that they wish they’d known way back when how to prevent
osteoporosis. So Soft Health and Healing Clinic shares with its Brooks clients –
those with osteoporosis and those with back pain or neck pain – new studies
that point to risk factors for developing osteoporosis.
The more new meds come on the scene, the more researchers
have to keep on top of their effects. Many clinical outcomes experienced by
patients on these new drugs are not documented in follow up studies for 5 or 10
or 15 or more years. That’s how research goes. But interestingly, just this
past month these new reports about osteoporosis risks came out:
- Osteoporosis is associated with anti-epileptic drug use.
(1) Neurontin® and Lyrica® are anti-epileptic drugs used for treatment of chronic
low back pain with neuropathic pain. Many Brooks lower back pain
and neck pain patients come to Soft Health and Healing Clinic with these drugs. This could be
the start of a conversation with your medical prescriber.
- Long periods of breastfeeding is a
risk factor for the development of vertebral fractures after menopause. Because
breastfeeding is so beneficial, researchers recommend adequate calcium and
Vitamin D during pregnancy and breastfeeding via diet and dietary supplements
as necessary. (2) Our Brooks breastfeeding mothers will want to
check their diets.
- Vitamin D insufficiency over 5 years
in elderly women between 80 and 90 years of age seemingly increases their
10-year risk of hip and major osteoporotic fractures. (3)
- Taking anti-depressants is a risk
factor for osteoporosis. Older adults suffering with depression are often
prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which appear to
help. However, the patient’s bone is at risk due to decreased bone mineral
density and increased fracture risk from their use. (4)
Soft Health and Healing Clinic just presents these new
studies as new findings. They may well open discussions for you with your
prescriber or with your Brooks chiropractor to nutritionally
enhance your diet. Vitamin D and calcium supplementation is cost-effective for
women and men with osteoporosis over 60 years of age even if he or
she is taking an osteoporosis treatment drug. (5)
There is hope for your bones and for
osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Contact Soft Health and Healing Clinic to schedule a Brooks
chiropractic appointment and set a treatment plan for your osteoporosis risks.
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