What every woman should know before she sees her doctor again.....
It seems so innocent when your doctor want to check, just to get a baseline, and so he/she recommends a bone scan. Don't buy into it. That simple standard bone scan is actually the first step in an ongoing series of scans, and don't be surprised when the scans are followed with a dangerous prescription.Mainstream has grabbed on to the idea that healthy post-menopausal women need bone density scans every two years. Maybe you can see where this is headed.
After each bone scan, your doctor notices normal changes in density, and just "to be safe", wants you to start taking a prescription. Unfortunately, it is anything but safe.
For most of us, our bones are not quite as dense at 55 as they were at 35. Your doctor might diagnose that as osteopedia. That's a word they made up to describe slightly diminished bone density. It doesn't mean you are facing a health emergency because just about everyone experiences this as normal part of aging.
Even so, your doctor is likely to prescribe an osteoporosis drug, and of course, with this new "condition" that you supposedly have, you'll need frequent bone scans.
A New England Journal of Medicine Study Reveals A Complete Scam
Researchers found that women who show no bone loss, or very little loss (osteopedia?) in their first bone scan don't need another scan in two years. They don't even need on in five years or ten years! These women are safe in waiting as long as 15 years for their next scan! Even women with moderate bone loss at their first scan don't need another scan for another five years.
In this study of 5,000 women, about half were in a low-risk, near-normal bone density group at age 67. In an interview, the lead researcher told NPR that they were surprised that a huge percentage of these older women with normal or near-normal bone density developed osteoporosis very slowly.
Just 10% of the women in this group
were diagnosed with osteoporosis within 15 years.
Many osteoporosis drugs are potentially dangerous. You have only to take the time to read the side effects. The increase risk of fracture in some women, and if they're not swallowed properly, they can even prompt esophageal cancer.
as reported by Jenny Thompson, Health Science Institute Director and e-Alert editor
24 May 2013
Surprise! You are getting older, and yes, your bone density will recede, and no, all the drugs in the world will not change what nature has in store for you.
If you are in a dire state of bone loss, you might consider the possibility that you can slow the process or, if you are lucky, contain it, but if you read the article, most of us have no need for annual scans or prescriptions.