NSAIDs May Damage Kidneys in Older Adults


By Dr. Skylar Gemmer, Life Force Chiropractic

“Blood tests of elderly patients taking regular doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) showed higher levels of laboratory values that indicate kidney dysfunction than those not taking the drugs. NSAIDs are commonly prescribed to older adults to control pain and inflammation. While frequent use of NSAIDs can affect kidney function in patients of all ages, it may be particularly damaging in older adults due to declining renal function that accompanies age.”

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 1999

While this is not new information, many do not know that use of NSAIDs (Aspirin, Ipuprophen and others), in all age groups, can lead to kidney disease and sometimes kidney failure. The damage can be doubled if people also use Tylenol®.

For those who suffer from degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis), the best approach is to help decrease the body’s overall inflammation and support joint health naturally.

Here are some suggestions to help improve joint mobility without negative side effects:

  • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements provide the raw materials bodies use to make cartilage.
  • It’s very interesting that animals in captivity are the only animals on the planet that get degenerative diseases of any kind, so exercise regularly.
  • Along the same lines as lack exercise, both insufficient motion and improper motion are the only known causes of degenerative arthritis. Regular chiropractic care can help joints move normally, thus decreasing pain and arthritis.
  • Eat foods that fight inflammation. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, wild fish and whole grains are all anti-inflammatory. Those who regularly eat processed foods increase their likelihood of arthritis — and almost any other disease.

Dr. Skylar Gemmer is a family Chiropractor in Auburn, Washington, and is the clinic director of Life Force Chiropractic. His main focus is restoring the body’s natural balance and healing capacity by caring for people’s joints and nervous systems. You can contact Dr. Gemmer at drskylarg@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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