Fractures are extremely common in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, according to Dr. Sophie A. Jamal (University of Toronto). In what is a ironic twist, however, Osteoporosis drugs (Alendronate, Ibandronate, and Risedronate) are not recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Now, according to the online newspaper, Telegraph, there is a newly developed alternative to current medications which may correct Osteoporosis and prevent harmful fractures and breaks in Chronic Kidney Disease patients.
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To be clear, Osteoporosis is a common Chronic Kidney Disease complication which is characterized by low bone mass and fragility (bone weakness) that often results in an increased risk of fractures - particularly at the spine, hip, wrist, humerus (upper arm, shoulder), and pelvis. While in some cases, there are other factors associated with fractures in Chronic Kidney Disease patients, Dr. Jamal suggested, "The most common cause of fracture in all stages of CKD is still Osteoporosis."
I am sure you completely understand how a fracture or break could greatly reduce the quality of life for a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, specifically those on Dialysis. Their mobility will likely decrease which in turn may impact their activity. This may lead to weight gain, depression and an overall low quality of life. Hence, how can Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those on Dialysis, protect themselves?
Well, the new Osteoporosis treatment is very straight forward. Scientist at the University of Nottingham have developed a paste which includes stem cells that is expected to regenerate weak and fragile bones in those with Osteoporosis. The paste will be injected into specific areas of concern, thereby providing a minimally invasive treatment for weak bones.
Lead Researcher, Dr. Ifty Ahmed said, "If it works, this kind of treatment could be done in a day.” A launch date has not been officially released but Researchers are currently looking for commercial partners which is a good sign. As more information is released about this project, KidneyBuzz.com will bring it immediately to you. For more Daily News & Information about how those with Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes can better manage their lives, turn to your leading and trusted resource - KidneyBuzz.com every day.
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"Osteoporosis in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management." Http://www.uptodate.com/. UpToDate, Inc.
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