Foods and Nutrients That Help and Hurt Bone Health
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- What nutrients do I need, aside from calcium, to keep bones strong?
- Are there foods that damage bone health?
- Are there any medications that reduce bone mass?
Are there any medications that reduce bone mass?
Long-term use of glucocorticoids (commonly known as hydrocortisone or cortisol) -- prescribed for a wide range of diseases, including arthritis, asthma, lupus, and other diseases of the lung, kidney, and liver -- can lead to loss of bone density and fractures.
Other drugs of concern: certain anti-seizure drugs such as Dilantin, barbiturates, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (used to treat endometriosis), excess use of aluminum-containing antacids, certain cancer treatments, and excessive thyroid hormone. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of these medications, says Rao.
Charles Stuart Platkin is a nutrition and public health advocate, founder of DietDetective.com, the health and fitness network, and author of The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible (Simon & Schuster, 2007). Copyright 2007 by Charles Stuart Platkin. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with permission from www.dietdetective.com, May 2008.
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