Archive for the ‘Osteoporosis’ Category

Osteoporosis

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Calcium and vitamin D are the cornerstone of osteoporosis prevention, yet they are not the whole story. Other minerals and nutrients that are vital to a healthy bone matrix include magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B12, and others, including zinc, manganese, boron, copper, and silicon (Nieves JW 2005; Hirota T et al 2005).

Many studies have shown that calcium can reduce bone loss and suppress bone turnover. Calcium intake is a foundation of osteoporosis prevention (Kasper DL et al 2005). Calcium requires the presence of vitamin D for maximum absorption.

Although calcium is readily available in dairy products and other dietary sources, many Americans are calcium deficient. There are a few possible explanations for calcium deficiencies:

+Decreased vitamin D availability, possibly due to kidney or liver problems or insufficient exposure to sunshine (ultraviolet radiation)

+Decreased gastrointestinal tract absorption due to stomach or intestinal problems

+Increased loss of calcium from the kidneys

+ncreased loss of calcium from the colon and bowels

+Low dietary calcium intake

+Medications that inhibit calcium absorption

There are many forms of calcium on the market, including the common calcium carbonate, calcium gluconate, and calcium citrate. Of these, calcium citrate is the most easily absorbed and a good way to receive supplemental calcium.

It may also turn out that not only is supplementation vital to preventing and treating osteoporosis but that the timing of the supplementation is important.

Life Extension, www.lef.org

Optimizing Bone Strength

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Mainstream medicine focuses almost exclusively on prescription drugs to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in aging men and women. What people don’t know is that the popular class of drugs used to treat osteoporosis focuses on limiting additional bone loss rather than actually building more bone. This class of drugs is also associated with potentially serious side effects, including heart arrhythmia.

Scientific research has discovered the power of collagen for supporting optimal bone tensile strength.

read the whole story in Life Extension, Collector’s Edition, 2010

Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Long-term pain and physical disability worldwide is caused by bone and joint health. Back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and bodily injuries are the conditions which afflict millions of people and create an enormous burden on society. Osteoporosis affects mostly women as the age. It’s a loss of bone mineral from the skeleton. Osteoarthritis is a joint disorder that mainly affects cartilage. Cartilage is the shock absorber and allows the bones to glide over each other. Osteoarthritis affects 34 million people in the US whereas osteoporosis affects 44 million people in the US.

Again supplements can ease the pain and is some cases reverse the disease. Check with your progressive doctor see which supplements will help restore your health. The pain medicine is just that, a pain killer but not a restorer to health.