Drugs prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people to treat or prevent osteoporosis may double the patients’ risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus warns a new study. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found a 30% increase in the risk of cancer of the oesophagus in patients who had received one prescription or more of oral bisphosphonates, and a doubling of the risk of those who had received ten or more prescriptions. However, the researchers stressed that this type of cancer was rare, thus even if the results were confirmed then the total number of people in danger was low.
Many GP’s in our experience fall into the western trap of drugs as a simple quick solution to many problems. Weight bearing exercise, in particular resistance or strength training is consistently shown to increase bone density especially in older patients. All of our personal training courses in London, Windsor and Maidenhead incorporate resistance training: not only is it good for the maintenance and improvement of bone density, but it improves reactions, co-ordination, metabolic rate (most important for weight loss), functional strength, connective tissue strength and overall well-being.