Research was done at a Toronto Osteoporosis Clinic proving that nitroglycerin ointment can increase bone density.
When hospital workers observed that osteoporosis patients who also were receiving nitroglycerin for heart problems had stronger bones than those who did not take nitroglycerin, research was conducted randomly on 243 women who were ages fifty and over. A control group were given a placebo. Those who received the nitroglycerin had a considerable increase in bone density at the end of the research.
Bones were measured at the lumber spine and hip. Bone density had also increased in the bone framework and outer the layer of bone had grown thicker. It appeared to researchers that the nitric acid which is the breakdown of nitroglycerin ointment improves cell function and increases new bone formation.
A safe and cheap treatment to lessen the risk of osteoporosis is always good news. The only concern is the dreaded nitro headaches and nausea that caused 400 of the original test group to shrink to 243. Starting out with smaller doses of medication and gradually increasing it as the body adjusts might prove to be an effective solution.
People who have kidney disease cannot take Fosamax and Actonel, which are the usual medications prescribed for osteoporosis. Nitroglycerin Ointment will have no ill effect on kidney disease and will be a godsend for those patients. While not yet approved for treatment of osteoporosis, the evidence is in. People concerned about bone density are advised to ask their doctor to prescribe for them. The medication is harmless when used as prescribed and may prevent a fractured hip.