bone breaks

  1. Bone breaks on the rise in older women

    Here's why your fracture risk is getting worse

    It's like trying to figure out where the rain's coming from... and looking in every direction but UP.

    The mainstream claims that it's absolutely STUMPED by stunning new numbers on bone breaks in older women.

    Despite new and powerful drugs... and despite more docs putting more focus on bone health... the number of breaks and fractures in recent years hasn't dropped.

    Just the opposite has happened.

    While those numbers started to dip downward a decade ago, they're now actually INCREASING!

    The new study finds that from 2002 until 2012, the number of bone breaks and fractures steadily dropped.

    But from 2012, something unusual happened.

    The number of breaks began to CLIMB.

    Between 2014 and 2015 alone, the break rate jumped by 2.5 percent in women in their mid- to late- 60s and by nearly 4 percent in women ages 70 to 74.

    The mainstream claims they can't figure it out.

    Maybe it's the patients' faults (they love blaming patients) for not taking more bone drugs.

    Maybe it's the doctors' faults for not doing enough bone scans to figure out who's at risk... then putting those women on drugs (always back to the drugs).

    They're looking in every direction but up!

    Let me give you my own theory: Those bone drugs simply aren't all they're cracked up to be.

    In 2002, the first year of the study, there weren't too many of those meds out there.

    But starting in 2005, the FDA went through an approval frenzy, signing off on a series of drugs that got wildly popular over the following years.

    By 2008, the first big bone drug from the 90s -- Fosamax -- went generic, so the market went from few (and expensive) choices in 2002 to a whole slew of choices, including cheap generics, by 2008.

    More women were on the drugs than ever before.

    Given that fractures are a long-term risk, it would take a few years to see any widespread benefit in the statistics that we could credit to the drugs.

    But a few years later, look at what happened.

    This isn't just a theory. Even the FDA has been forced to admit that the long-term use of these drugs can actually break the very bones they're supposed to save.

    The mainstream has claimed that this risk is rare.

    The new numbers tell me that it's NOT as rare as mainstream docs want you to believe!

    Bone drugs also hurt in another very real way. Women think they're protected and stop focusing on the basic nutrients needed to maintain strong bone.

    Doctors are calling for more drugs. I say that it's time to call for more of those basics, and not just calcium. Good bone health also requires vitamin D, vitamin K, and magnesium, along with hormone balance and weight-bearing exercises.

  2. Vitamin B12 levels can slash your risk of a fracture

    B12 for bone health

    When it comes to bone health, vitamin B12 levels aren't the first thing that comes to mind. It's not second, third or fourth, either.

    It might not even crack the top 10.

    But maybe it should make that list after all, because new research finds that low B12 levels can lead to a bone break, especially in senior men.

    The lower your levels, the higher your risk, according to the study of more than 1,000 men with an average age of 75. And if you're among the millions quietly suffering from low B12 levels, you're facing a 70 percent higher risk of fracture overall and a 120 percent jump in the risk of a potentially crippling lumbar fracture.

    That's a fracture you might not recognize as a bone break at first. No, all you know is that you've got a little back pain -- and since back pain tends to come and go over the years, you might even ignore it at first.

    But this one doesn't go away.

    Instead, it gets progressively worse -- and eventually, you're in so much pain you can't even bend down to tie your shoes.

    Standing too long hurts. Sitting too much hurts. And you don't even want to think about how tough it is to sleep with a lumbar fracture.

    That's why it's critical to give your bones everything they need to stay strong. While B12 may play a role here, this is the first study to make the link -- so let's not rush out and add B12 for bone health just yet.

    I'd like to see more research first.

    That said, most seniors are low in B vitamins -- and since these nutrients are critical to brain and nerve function, adding a supplement is not a bad idea.

    (Click here for more on B12 levels and brain health.)

    But for bone health, let's stick to the tried and true.

    You already know about the importance of calcium when it comes to bone health. But what you may not realize is that calcium is practically useless by itself. You need both vitamin D and magnesium to put it to work -- and while many people have adequate calcium levels, most fall short in D and magnesium.

    Also consider vitamin K, which the body needs to form the protein that brings calcium into the bone matrix. Studies have shown that low K levels increase the risk of both osteoporosis and bone breaks.

    One note of caution: Speak with a doctor before taking vitamin K, especially if you're on blood thinners.

  3. How to beat osteoporosis

    The most important thing you need to know about osteoporosis is that this bone disease is not inevitable.
  4. The natural way to beat inflammation

    Inflammation has gone from a condition you should worry about to a marketing buzzword used to sell everything from drugs to juice to cereal. Well, at least they got it half right: You should worry about inflammation, and do what you can to bring your own levels down.
  5. Bad break for bone health

    Just six months after saying there's no link between osteoporosis meds and a higher risk of bone breaks, the FDA now says that osteoporosis meds have been linked to a higher risk of bone breaks.

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