Diabetes drugs could be bad for bones

April 29, 2008 8:53:54 AM PDT
A widely-used class of diabetes drugs may be linked to a greater risk for bone fractures.

Pioglitazone, known as Actos and rosiglitazone, marketed as Avandia are two of the more popular diabetes drugs. But now there's more evidence that shows they may not be good for your bones.

Researchers studied nearly 4,000 diabetics and found that those taking the drugs had two to three times the risk for fractures, especially of the hip and wrist, compared to those not taking the drugs The highest risk was for those taking Actos or Avandia for more than two years.

Doctors say these are early studies and more research is needed.