Blood pressure reducing drugs tend to minimize the risk of bone fracture

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Blood pressure reducing drugs tend to minimize the risk of bone fracture

According to the recent updates, high blood pressure and weakened bones prevail in old age groups. Latest scientific research reveals that one class of drugs can protect both health issues. This scientific research was supported by the study of thousands of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare patients. The study found that anti-hypertension drugs seem to reduce odds of a patient who is suffering from a hip or pelvic fracture when compared to people taking high blood pressure medications.

According to Dr. Caroline Messer, endocrinologist, director of The Center for Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, ‘it is well known that thiazide therapy can lower calcium excretion into the urine by as much as 50 percent and the tendency towards a positive calcium balance in the body may [slow] bone loss and reduce fracture risk. Thiazides may not be the first choice for every patient because of their risks like hyponatremia (too little sodium in the blood) and an increased risk for falls”. Dr David Friedman, Chief, Heart Failure Services, North well Health Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital, New York, agreed with this statement. He said that ''while the new data look promising for the use of thiazide diuretics, decisions for individual patients need to be weighed in a risk and benefit analysis''.

Funds of this study were raised by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, led by Dr Joshua Barzilay of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. His team justified the above data from more than 22,000 patients, averaging 70 years of age. A clinical trial was done at all these VA, and Medicare patients and comparison was done between effects of different types of blood pressure-lowering drugs on heart disease and heart attack risk. Patient results were specified for an average of nearly five years and an analysis was made and described thiazide-type diuretic drugs consumption in patient offers a 21 percent low risk than those who took undertook lisinopril (from a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors) or amlodipine (from the class of drugs known as calcium channel blockers) in hip and pelvic fractures. The above analysis was concluded by Barzilay's team as "strongly recommend the use of a thiazide for hypertension treatment in addition to its long track record of cardiovascular protection''. 



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Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer fractures?


Caroline Messer, David Friedman et al.

Exploratory, Blood pressure reducing drugs, Anti-hypertension drugs, Thiazides, Bone fracture, Pelvic
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