New Finding Shows that Nitrates May Help Reduce Both Spine and Hip Fractures

This morning, as I sipped my delicious nitrate-rich homemade beetroot juice (recipe below), I read with delight the International Bone and Mineral Society’s BoneKey Report about new evidence that nitric oxide may hold true promise in the fight against osteoporosis. Researchers Celeste Hamilton and colleagues from the University of Toronto examined important evidence that supports [...]

By |2019-03-18T12:07:11-04:00February 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Strontium for Osteoporosis? An Update on Safety

The safety of using strontium for treating osteoporosis is a hotly debated topic. In my October 20, 2012 blog post, I voiced my concerns. In this post I would like to briefly add to this discussion.The body absorbs and uses strontium as if it were calcium. With 99% of the body's calcium stores located in the [...]

By |2013-02-09T18:25:00-04:00February 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Calcitonin for Osteoporosis?

Several patients have recently asked me about the medication calcitonin for the treatment of osteoporosis. Calcitonin is a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland and helps direct blood calcium into bone. Salmon calcitonin nasal sprays (Fortical, Miacalcin) were some of the first medications developed to treat osteoporosis. But do they work and are they safe? [...]

By |2013-02-06T04:13:00-04:00February 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Do Calcium Supplements Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack?

Recent studies (Bolland et al. 2008 and 2011; Li et al. 2012) have reported a possible association between calcium supplementation and increased risk for cardiovascular events (e.g. heart attacks). However, several researchers (Abrahamsen et al. 2011; Nordin et al. 2011) have pointed out flaws in the design of these studies and indeed questioned how the [...]

By |2019-03-18T12:02:42-04:00February 1st, 2013|0 Comments