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Osteoporosis and Bone Loss
Osteoporosis is a condition of accelerated bone loss, enhanced bone
fragility, and increased susceptibility to bone fractures. It is a major health problem affecting more than 20 million individuals
in the United States and is responsible for well over one million bone fractures each year. Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent
health hazards facing women past menopause - more common than heart disease,
strokes, diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, or breast cancer.
Difficult to diagnose in its early stages due to a lack of symptoms,
osteoporosis often goes undetected until bones become so brittle that even the slightest trauma may cause a fracture. One third
of women 65 years and older have sustained a fracture of the spirit, the most common region of fracture, leading to loss of
height, chronic pain, and disability. By extreme old age. one of every three women and one of every six men will have sustained a hip
fracture, which is the most devastating of all osteoporotic fractures. Bone loss occurs with age in both sexes; however, women
experience a pronounced acceleration of bone loss for about 5-10 years
following menopause. The results can be dramatic, with the average woman
losing 30-40% of her bone mass by the age of 70.
Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis
Recent scientific evidence reveals good news: much of this suffering
may be preventable! Along with regular exercise, proper nutrition helps maintain good bone health and may reduce the risk of
The two approaches to prevention of osteoporosis are:
* Maximizing Peak Bone Mass at Skeletal Maturity.
Although osteoporosis is associated with old age. prevention begins
in childhood. Bone mass is continually acquired during the first three decades of life, reaching a peak bone mass between the
ages of 30-35. Studies have shown that maximizing calcium intake during the growth years and up to age 30-35 can greatly affect
an individual’s peak bone mass. Children and young adults who do not get
adequate calcium may have suboptimal bone density by the time they reach
skeletal maturity. This not only creates a greater risk for fractures at
a young age but it increases the chance for developing osteoporosis later
* Minimizing Age and Menopause-Related Bone Loss
It is never too late to think about reducing your risk of osteoporosis.
There is now evidence that adequate intake of calcium may help reduce the progression of bone loss already begun in post-menopausal
women. Because many of us do not receive adequate calcium from our diets and because our ability to absorb calcium
declines with age, a calcium supplement may help ensure adequate calcium intake. One study group of postmenopausal women
experienced a 43% reduction in bone loss when they supplemented their normal diet with 1,000 mg of calcium compared
to a control group. The researchers concluded that adequate calcium intake, achieved through supplementation, may help
reduce bone loss and the risk of osteoporosis.
A More Comprehensive Way to Nourish Your Bones
Calcium and vitamin D are the primary nutrients involved in healthy bone
formation. In addition, certain trace minerals such as zinc, copper, and manganese are important for proper bone metabolism
and magnesium plays an important role in calcium metabolism. Thus, adequate calcium intake alone may not ensure proper
Recent food surveys demonstrate a majority of Americans, especially
women, fail to consume adequate amounts of certain minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Considering the important roles these minerals play in building maintaining strong and healthy bones, comprehensive bone
nourishment is essential for all Americans. Good bone nourishment provides
a broad range of essential nutrients needed to build and maintain strong
bones. While calcium supplementation alone is valuable, a calcium-rich supplement known
as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC) provides more comprehensive bone nourishment. Derived from whole bone,
MCHC contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, silica, manganese, and many other trace minerals in the same proportions naturally
found in healthy bone, alone with proteins and other organic factors.
Taking a comprehensive. calcium-rich supplement such as MCHC can help
maintain good bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. One study of osteoporotic postmenopausal women, with
the complication of primary biliary cirrhosis. showed that MCHC not only
helped reduce bone loss but it actually helped increase cortical bone thickness.
Those taking MCHC showed a remarkable 6.1 increase in bone thickness. Conversely,
calcium gluconate halted the bone loss but did not restore it, and the
group receiving no supplementation continued to show accelerated loss of
Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Research studies point to a number of factors that may have a strong
influence on peak bone mass and the rate of bone loss, and thus the development
Check any of the risk factors below that may apply to you:
Family history of osteoporosis
White or Asian
Thin or small body frame
Inadequate intake of calcium magnesium, zinc, manganese, etc.
Excess protein in the diet
Inadequate exercise or sedentary lifestyle
Excessive alcohol consumption
High caffeine intake (coffee, soft drinks. tea)
Regular use of drugs such as Dilantin, Prednisone, Lasix, Synthroid,
or other steroids
Regular use of antacids containing aluminum
Hyperparathvroidism, diabetes, thyrotoxicosis, or Cushing’s syndrome
If you checked two or more of the risk factors fisted above, ask us
about an osteoporosis risk reduction program for your bones. Remember, it is never too late to think about prevention!
Recommendations for Promoting Optimal Bone Health
* Exercise regularly.
* Reduce excessive protein and fat intake.
* Increase intake of green, leafy vegetables; legumes, nuts and seeds;
and whole, fresh foods.
* Take microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC) to provide
excellent bone nourishment.
* Avoid excess alcohol consumption.
* Don’t smoke.
* Avoid aluminum cookware and aluminum-containing antacids.