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Epilepsy drugs may damage your kid's bones

Beware! Young people, especially kids and teenagers, taking anti-epileptic drugs may experience elevated rates of bone fractures.

Beware! Young people, especially kids and teenagers, taking anti-epileptic drugs may experience elevated rates of bone fractures, finds a recent study. The research also found that anti-epileptic drugs may cause reductions in bone mineral density and lower limb muscle force. Researchers analysed 23 individuals aged 5-18 years. They had been asked to take anti-epileptic drugs for at least 12 months. Each individual was matched to a twin, sibling or first cousin.

"These results need to be validated in a larger, longitudinal study investigating the association between anti-epileptic drug exposure and adverse outcomes in the developing skeleton over time," the researchers stated. The findings suggested the need to further explore bone health issues in young patients taking anti-epileptic medications. The research appears in the journal Epilepsia. In another study done last year experts found that people suffering from epilepsy were seven-times more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems.This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines. Read: Do you have a loved one with epilepsy? Here s what you need to know. People with epilepsy also had a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse than the general population. The analysis also found that such psychosocial adversities could help explain why individuals with epilepsy are at an increased risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders. Here s all you need to know about epilepsy. Read here Elderly with Type-2 diabetes are more likely to succumb to fractures

Source: ANI

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