There is a new wrinkle in the osteoporosis prevention front. Osteonecrosis. Yes, necrosis, bone death, irreversible bone death. The very pill that is suppose to prevent bone loss can cause bone death! That miracle pill that is suppose to undue the risks associated with menopause, lack of exercise and poor nutritional choices can actually cause your jawbone to die.
So far, the number of people involved is very small but that number is expected to increase as the number of prescriptions for these drugs has increased substantially over the years. Bisphosphonates – Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, remain in the bones for years and given the number of people being prescribed these medications is increasing, so is the risk associated with them. In 1997, 1.5 million new prescriptions were written for Fosamax as compared to 4.2 million in 2005.
What is a person to do? What if you are prescribed these medications due to major health issues (cancer treatment for one)?
First of all speak with your doctor. Find out if that is the best or only medication that will serve your needs. Second, find out if you are cleared for exercise. Yes, exercise the best bone builder known to man. You are already in possession of an amazing machine, your body. It self-repairs given the basic ingredients of sound nutrition, proper rest and daily use (exercise).
Are you eating the foods that promote bone health? Are you eating vegetables and fruit rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium? Are you eating whole grains rich in protein, fiber and folate? Are you limiting your use of salt and the amount of animal protein you ingest?
Our grandparents and our great-grandparents managed to age without brittle bones and special pills. They ate a mainly plant based diet – meat was not served at every meal. They ate real food – it did not come from a box or a bag or the freezer case; they walked more than they sat and they spent life on their feet.
It is never too late to reverse what you are doing and it doesn’t take much to increase your bone density – no matter how old you are. Ask your doctor – he won’t disagree.
The Nutrient Rich Lifestyle "Starter Kit", will get you headed in the right direction.