Some blood pressure drugs act as a skeleton key

Published: March, 2007

Three commonly used antihypertension medicines may also protect against brittle bones.

Most medication side effects are irritating, harmful, or downright deadly. Here's one that is good for you: stronger bones. Thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, and ACE inhibitors, all used to control blood pressure and ease the heart's workload, also appear to protect bones from breaking.

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