It’s now official and published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions about the long-term use of popular bisphosphonate drugs for osteopenia and osteoporosis.
In fact, the FDA’s analysis showed that using these popular drugs for more than 3 to 5 years yields little benefit while carrying the risk of serious side effects.
Powerful statements about bone drugs (especially from the FDA, the government agency charged with protecting the public’s health) have left many researchers scratching their heads and even asking “Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis — Where do we go from here?” in the NEJM.
Well, here’s where I think we should go:
1. Our bones were meant to last a lifetime. If they are not lasting — the first step is to find out why. This is done by means of a comprehensive “medical osteoporosis work-up” to identify any secondary causes of excessive bone loss.
2. Treat and correct any newly discovered, underlying causes of bone weakness
3. Implement a comprehensive lifestyle and nutrition program. That is, implement my groundbreaking Better Bones Program to rebuild bone health.
Of course, it’s possible that drug therapy may be helpful for certain individuals, and should be used alongside our Personal Program for Better Bones. But, drug therapy is a last resort when all else fails, not the first line approach.
Reference: Whitaker, M., et al 2012. “Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis — Where Do We Go from Here?” May 9, 2012 (10.1056/NEJMp1202619) URL: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1202619 (accessed 05.15.12)
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