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Osteopenia, Osteoporosis News October 2022
October 07, 2022
October 2022. Osteopenia, Osteoporosis News
It has been sometime since I sent you an issue of this newsletter. I regret that but a number of things intervened and I just stopped reading research and working on the Osteopenia3 web site months. . ... Now that the Omnicrom lock down of elders is over, life is slowly coming back to normal for me and I am emerging from a hard place and am able to get back to work on a regular basis.
Now if the weather cooperates and I do not spend too much of time trying to get house and property in good order, I should have more time to read research studies and share relevant information with you. Yes! .....
This week I am back to doing 2 things. I am scouring research journals to see if there are any new investigations underway that might be of use to us and I am also researching to see if there are any new treatments being used - Anywhere in the world. .....
One of the things I am finding is that the research community has expanded from doing studies on diet, exercise and pharmaceutical drugs, to spending time with actions and remedies for bone loss used in other cultures....especially those used by indigenous peoples around the world. ....
Since the Internet, especially ETSY, gives us access to those selling herbs etc. it should be possible for readers to find and use some of these remedies. (I have done so myself) So you will find much more coverage of ways people around the world prevent bone loss or increase their bone density when it has become low. ...... One of the things I discovered this month is a study published in China in March of 2021 showing a connection between hypertension (high blood pressure) and Osteoporosis. I do not know about you but NO cardiologist I have ever consulted ever told me that my hypertension could be a cause of bone loss. But now I know and I want to inform others. I hope to put all the details on the Causes page of the web site before the end of this year because I think this study is important. ....
Having found this Chinese research study about hypertension and Osteoporosis, I began to explore the issue further. After all many people have high blood pressure. . Then just today I found another study - this one was about men who use Lasix to control their high blood pressure.
The researcher found that the use of Lasix to control high blood pressure was associated with bone loss! I was amazed and immediately wondered if the same was true for women using Lasix. . If you want more information about Lasix and Osteoporosis, here is a link to one article about it. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heart-diuretics-idUSN1139348320080414 .
So not only is having high blood pressure a possible cause of bone loss but also that a common treatment for high blood pressure can also be a cause of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
I share this as a 'heads up' so if you have high blood pressure and are on lasix to control your blood pressure, you may want to discuss the issue with your physician. (Please do NOT stop any prescribed drug on your own! That, as you know, could be dangerous for your health.) . . I realize that the information in this particular newsletter may not apply to every subscriber. Some of you may not have hypertension at all.
If so, I thank you for your patience. . . Finally, as we come towards the end of the year, I want to wish you well. It has been a difficult year for many. My hope is that 2022 will find the demise of the current pandemic, that animosity between people and nations will diminish and that peace, grounded in justice, will grow in our homes, communities and throughout the world. . . Thanks for reading and I promise that this newsletter will now return to monthly publication. . . If there are topics you would like me to cover, please let me know. You can just hit 'reply' to reach me. . I want this newsletter to be as useful and possible for you. Until next month....
Kate Lindemann, professor emerita Mt. St. Mary College Newburgh, New York.
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