How a New Drug Made Bones Stronger, But Increased the Number of Fractures?

On April 13 the Journal of American Medicine published a study showing researchers who administered a drug known as Reclast to help strengthen the bones of elderly women noted fractures actually increased.

Dr. Susan Greenspan, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh was the author of the study.

In her research she said “Two surprising findings emerged.”

First it was able to improve bone strength, both in the bones of the old women they gave the drug too as well as more robust seniors. Secondly there was no correlation between these seemingly stronger bones and the number of fractures the subject acquired.

Greenspan said “We first wanted to see if frail elders could even tolerate such treatment, and whether it would improve bone density. However, we had expected to see a positive trend of fewer fractures. But if anything, there were more fractures in the treatment group.”

She did counter “that could well be just a chance finding.”

The truth is pharmaceuticals don’t always work the way they’re intended.

The truth is we know that one of the best ways to protect bones is not through the use of pharmaceutical drugs, but by operating within a strict diet that contains all of the required components for stronger bones.

What one researcher was able to show was when the body was deficient in Vitamin K2, osteoporosis was more likely to be encountered.

Part of the reason is because Vitamin K2 is absolutely essential for several processes that draw calcium out of the blood and into the bone and teeth where they belong.

It’s also been shown to help to reduce the incidences of coronary heart disease because it pulls the same calcium out of the blood preventing arterial calcification.

It’s important to note that in many cases the reliance on drugs to treat a health problem is too little too late.

It’s not to say they aren’t helpful.

But working to prevent problems from the get-go is generally a more advisable treatment regimen to pursue.