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Fracture Risk From Loop Diuretics Small

Only Long-Term Users Show Increased Risk of Bone Fractures

Loop Diuretics Protective?

Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Robert Wermers, MD, says the study is encouraging, especially the finding in women with heart failure.

"Women with heart failure who took loop diuretics actually had a lower risk for fractures," he says. "This shows the importance of treating the disease."

He adds that clinicians treating heart failure patients and other frail, older populations need to recognize that they are at increased risk for falls and fractures.

"People who are medically frail are certainly at risk for falling and breaking a bone," he says. "In addition to giving medication, we really need to focus on fall prevention."

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