There are more than 25 million Americans who have Osteoporosis-which puts this nutritional deficiency at an epidemic level.
Most people believe Osteoporosis is a disease that is dependent solely on estrogen and calcium. Studies are now showing Osteoporosis can be slowed, (not stopped), through the use of calcium supplements and hormone therapy in menopausal women. Since it is now fairly common knowledge that hormone replacement could increase the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and heart attacks, we should look at all options for prevention and treatment of Osteoporosis.
There are several drugs out now such as Fosomax, Boniva and Actonal that increase bone density. Though as with all drugs they have significant side affects.
So what other choices do we have if the first two aren’t risks we want to take?
People can protect themselves without the use of drugs and take a look at protecting against bone loss naturally.
According to Dr. Ray Strand we need to look at bone as active, living tissue that is continually remodeling itself by “bone forming” and “absorption of bone ” activities. This means our bones are always involved in biochemical reactions that rely on different micronutrients and enzyme systems. So like any tissue, it has nutritional needs. Since the American diet is deficient in essential nutrients that our bones need to stay healthy-it would make sense that inadequate intake of these nutrients could lead to Osteoporosis.
Since nutrients work in synergy with each other it is imperative that calcium is not the only nutrient present.
Again, according to Dr. Ray Strand, in order for us to reduce fractures we must pay attention to these 3 factors.
-Preserving adequate bone mass
-Preventing the loss of the protein matrix
-Making sure the bone has ALL the right nutrients to repair and replace damaged areas of bone
The specific nutrients needed for bone health are:
-Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12
If you have normal bone density it is wise to supplement your diet with the above nutrients so your bones remain healthy. Also, begin weight bearing exercises 3-4 times a week as it stimulates bone growth.
If you have significant Osteoporosis, consider adding bone density drugs and follow the regime above.
The bottom line is Osteoporosis is clearly evident in both men and women and not solely a calcium and estrogen problem. If you supply your bones the proper nutrients and do weight bearing exercises, there is a much better chance of building bone and avoiding Osteoporosis.
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