Nitroglycerin Could Help Strengthen Bones in Older Women

Nitrates are well-known for relieving chest pain. But according to a recent study, they may also be an inexpensive way to strengthen bones in older women.

In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 243 postmenopausal women applied nitroglycerin cream to their upper arms daily. After two years, bone density in the women increased by an average of 7 percent.

It’s well known that weak bones in elderly women mean a bigger risk of dangerous and costly hip and spine fractures. These findings raise hope that relatively inexpensive nitroglycerin could be an affordable alternative to brand-name osteoporosis drugs.

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