Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive bone loss associated with an increased risk of fractures. The term osteoporosis literally means porous bone. The body repairs bones by constantly absorbing and replacing bone tissue. This process in carried on by bone cells called osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The osteoclasts function to dissolve older bone and leave tiny unfilled spaces behind.
Think of them like Pacman that search around to gobble up old bone and leave a small space like a little pond. The osteoblasts then move into these spaces and produce new healthy thicker bone. With Osteoporosis new bone creation doesn't keep up with old bone removal and bones become thinner or less dense.
Many people have no symptoms until they have a painful bone fracture. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormones or menopause, smoking, and some medications.
Some Prescription Medications Contribute to Osteoporosis!
ACID REFLUX / HEARTBURN
Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are now one of the most widely used classes of drugs. According to the FDA, people who take Omeprazole, Prevacid, Protonix, and other proton pump inhibitors for a year or longer are more likely to develop fractures of the spine, hips and wrists. They decrease absorption of nutrients needed for bone growth including calcium, magnesium, vitamin B12 etc..
According to a study published in the September 2012 medical journal Bone, use of antidepressant medications that act on the serotonin system has been linked to detrimental impacts on bone mineral density (BMD), and to osteoporosis. Researchers found use of SSRIs and tricyclics increases fracture risk by as much as twofold versus nonusers. They discovered the increase in risk is the greatest in the early stages of treatment, with a dramatic increase after initiation, reaching a peak within 1 month for tricyclics and 8 months for SSRIs. Treatment-associated increased risk diminishes towards baseline in the year following discontinuation. They concluded the body of evidence suggests that SSRIs should be considered in the list of medications that are risk factors for osteoporotic fractures.
ADD / ADHD DRUGS
Presented at the April 1, 2016 Endocrine Society's annual meeting, in Boston, researchers found that young people who take stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and Adderall have lower bone density than their peers. The study suggest this could have serious consequences later in life.
Steroids used for inflammation, pain, asthma and autoimmune disorders, etc. also hamper bone formation and increase bone resorption, which can make a fracture more likely.
Treatment includes healthy diet, and weight-bearing exercise to help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.
Millions of women have been falsely led to believe that there is a correlation between osteoporosis and the inadequate intake of dairy foods. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need dairy products to get sufficient calcium; in fact it is one of the least digestible forms of calcium that mostly ends up in the colon causing constipation. Too much calcium also contributes to plaque in the arteries, spinal stenosis, cataracts, kidney stones and gall stones.
Vegetables (particularly greens), beans, fruits, and nuts are rich sources of calcium, potassium, vitamin K, magnesium, and vegetable protein, as well as the phytochemicals and micronutrients that are gaining recognition to be important for bone strength.
Caffeine and soda’s containing phosphoric acid leach calcium out of the bones, the more you consume the greater the problem.
Not all exercises have the same effect on the density of bone tissue. Only weight-bearing exercises, such as weight training or yoga which stress both your bones and muscles, can stimulate bone formation.
Just like building a house giving the proper tools and the best building materials the job gets done more efficiently and with better structural soundness.
- Boneup (Jarrow Formulas) a complete bone formula containing all the nutrients for building new bone and preventing further bone loss. It provides StimuCal™ ossein MicroCrystalline HydroxyApatite (MCHA) (from free-range New Zealand calves), which includes the superior combination of the inorganic calcium lattice of MCHA within an organic protein milieu. StimuCal™ is rich in native type I collagen—the predominant protein found in bone—and has been clinically demonstrated not to disproportionately spike calcium blood levels as do other forms of calcium, such as the carbonate and citrate salt forms. StimuCal™ is combined with vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 (as MK-7 from natural fermentation [a more bioavailable form of vitamin K]) to support the proper deposition of calcium into the bone matrix, thereby maintaining skeletal integrity, as well as supporting cardiovascular and arterial health.* Potassium citrate, a systemic alkalizer, is also added for optimal osteo support.
- Bone Broth is a stock made primarily from the bones and connective tissue of animals or fish. Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others which are needed to form and maintain bone density. It also contains collagen, chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine necessary for joint repair. It was once thought NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant’s career was finished after the aging Los Angeles Lakers star suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and then fractured a knee in 2013. And yet, in 2015, at the age of 36, Bryant not only returned, he was spectacular! Bryant and his trainers credit some of his recovery — as well as his longevity — to Bone Broth! You can make your own or purchase in your local health food store Chicken or Beef Bone Broth (Jarrow Formulas)
- BioSil™(Silica ) is a trace mineral, found predominantly in the connective tissues of the body such as bone, cartilage, and tendons, and used for the formation of bone tissue and helpful in the absorption of calcium. It builds collagen in the bone so the calcium can attach better and fill in those empty spaces you see on the x-ray. BioSil™ “turns on” the body’s actual collagen-generating cells, known as fibroblasts.
- NPC Cream a Natural Progesterone helps to stimulate the osteoblasts to make new bone. Natural estrogen only helps to slow down the osteoclast. It doesn't do anything to the osteoblasts and does not make new bone. Although estrogen is known to decrease in menopause, progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Often this is because adrenal glands utilize progesterone to manufacture the stress hormone cortisol. Continuous stress creates a constant demand for cortisol which reduces your levels of progesterone. Natural progesterone cream (applied topically) is made from naturally occurring plant hormone found in the wild yam and is not stored. Synthetic (prescription) forms of progesterone, called progestins do not have the ability to stimulate the osteoblasts, therefore cannot stimulate bone growth, is stored in your tissues and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center Inc.
Host of Holistic Healthline Radio