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A recent study indicates that for patients diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, treating the condition with the typical bisphosphonate therapy designed to strengthen bones actually increased the risk of fractures. The findings should reduce the appeal of bisphosphonate treatment as an alternative to parathyroid surgery in these patients.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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For Treating a Leading Cause of Osteoporosis,
Surgery Is Better Than Usual Medications

While osteoporosis usually results in the process of normal aging, another leading cause of the bone-loss disease is a condition called hyperparathyroidism, in which the parathyroid glands release an excessive amount of a hormone that regulates the body’s calcium levels.

Doctors commonly treat hyperparathyroidism using a class of prescription drugs called bisphosphonates, including alendronate (marketed under the brand name Fosamax) and ibandronate (Boniva), which are supposed to strengthen bones.

A recent study led by scientists at UCLA found that those drugs actually increase the risk of fracture, meaning that taking them is worse than doing nothing at all to treat the condition. The research also revealed that patients who undergo surgery to remove the overactive parathyroid glands have fewer subsequent bone fractures.

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