Prolonged Loop Diuretic Use May Increase Risk Of Fractures In Postmenopausal Women

Prolonged Loop Diuretic Use May Increase Risk Of Fractures In Postmenopausal Women

According to the recent report, use of loop diuretics doesn’t seem to be related with changes in bone mineral density, fractures and falls in postmenopausal women.

However, prolonged use may raise the risk of falls or fractures in this group.

Loop diuretics are usually prescribed for congestive heart failure treatment. These particular agents increases calcium excretion and in some studies it has been shown that hypercalciuria is related with low bone mineral density, which is the major risk factor for falls and consequently fractures.

For most of the post menopausal women, developing heart failure and osteoporosis are particular health concerns.

Most of the women experience fractures related to osteoporosis in their entire course of life time and almost one in five women are at risk of developing heart diseases or heart failure at the age of 40.

According to study led by Laura D. Carbone, M.D., M.S., of the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, and her colleagues, no significant differences were found between non users of diuretics and changes in bone mineral density, falls or fractures in postmenopausal women.

However, prolonged use of loop diuretics can increase the risk of falls and consequently fractures in postmenopausal women. Hence it is very important for women to consider fracture prevention measures, particularly those who receive loop diuretics.