Researchers found that study participants—all ages 55 and older—who took the thiazide chlorthalidone had a 21 percent decreased risk of suffering a pelvic or hip fracture than those who took an ACE inhibitor or a calcium channel blocker to lower blood pressure. The beneficial results lasted through five years of follow-up.
If you’re currently taking an antihypertensive that’s not a thiazide, the findings should not cause you to switch to a thiazide for dual benefits. Instead, talk with your doctor, who might have a good reason for you to stick with the antihypertensive you’re already taking.
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