International Society of Hypertension

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Antihypertensive treatment with thiazide-type diuretics may prevent osteoporotic fractures.

Hypertension and osteoporotic fractures are common in older persons and share several risk factors such as smoking, physical inact ivity, postmenopausal status and older age.

Indeed, there is an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures in hypertensive patients, as compared to persons with normal blood pressure. The effects of thiazide type diuretics on calcium balance have been taken to suggest that diuretic treatment may reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

 

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