Why is Mets P Zach Wheeler taking a prescription hormone for osteoporosis?

Zach Wheeler is taking teriparatide shots. “You do a shot in your stomach every day for six months. It’s not fun, but you got to do it,’’ Wheeler told me. “They give it to people with brittle bones, osteoporosis. My arm feels great. I’ve been on the mound six times now so if this helps me get to 30 starts, I’m all for it."

“I’m just kind of tired of getting labeled as unreliable, as ‘He’s always hurt,’ Wheeler said. “I missed two seasons but that was because of one injury [for which he had Tommy John surgery]. I can’t help that. I worked my butt off in rehab, was doing great and then this bone issue."

“I think everybody is getting tired of being hurt or getting labeled and stuff. I know [Matt] Harvey, he worked his butt off this offseason, he wants to get back to where he was,’’ Wheeler said. “He’s been hurt a couple of times and people are starting to say stuff about him, but some things you can’t help. Guys have that drive they all want to go out there every fifth day. Everybody wants to come back strong."

FORTEO is a prescription medication used in both men and postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at high risk for having broken bones, or fractures. FORTEO is used in both men and women with osteoporosis due to use of glucocorticoid medicines, such as prednisone, for several months, who are at high risk for having broken bones, or fractures. FORTEO can be used by people who have had a fracture related to osteoporosis, or who have several risk factors for fracture, or who cannot use other osteoporosis treatments.

In a clinical study of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who were at high risk for fracture, when taken with calcium and vitamin D, FORTEO significantly increased bone mineral density (BMD) in the spine at 3 months and throughout the treatment period.

So it's like an anabolic steroid for bone? Interesting.

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