Your Knee Bone is Connected to Your – Diabetes Medication!!!!

by DavalosMcCormack on May 1, 2008

I learned through hard experience that mixing drinks is never a good idea. A few pints of beer, some red wine, a glass of champagne and boom!! you have a recipe for a nasty hangover. That briefly fun but ultimately painful lesson is going to come in handy as my body ages. At least it will if a couple of new studies are correct. And let’s face it, that’s always a toss-up.

A study in the April 28th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine says that a widely used class of diabetes medications may increase your risk of fractures. What class? You had to ask didn’t you. OK, it’s the insulin-sensitizing thiazolidinediones – and no, I don’t know how to pronounce it! But the specific drug names are pioglitazone and rosiglitazone and if I ever have twins that is what I’ll call them.
Apparently these drugs result in slower bone formation and faster bone loss. Which is not a good thing because it means it puts you at double or even triple the risk for a hip or other serious fracture. Not a fun experience.

So, why not just take an osteoporosis drug to help counter the effects of the diabetes drug? Good question and I’m glad you asked, because another new study says a popular osteoporosis drug can increase your risk of heart problems.

The study, in the same issue of the Archives of blah blah as the other study, says Alendronate can increase your risk of atrial fibrillation, that’s a type of irregular heartbeat that can increase your risk of a stroke.

So, let’s recap. You have diabetes so you take one drug. That puts you at risk of weak bones and increased risk of fractures so you take another drug to strengthen your bones but that puts you at increased risk of stroke. So what do you do then? Take another drug. Which puts you at risk of who knows what by itself, let alone when combined with all the other drugs.

With many Americans, particularly older ones, taking multiple medications for a variety of health problems you have to wonder what other health problems those medications are causing. And not just by themselves, think of the cocktail effect of mixing all those drugs together, on a daily basis. It’s as if I mixed my beer and wine and champagne all in one glass. That would cause one heck of a hangover.

But wait, there’s more! You can avoid taking any of those medications in the first place. A little exercise and watching what you eat can not only reduce your risk of diabetes but also strengthen your bones, so you don’t have to take any drugs. The choice, as always, is ours. The only question now is what would you rather do?

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