In the U.S., approximately 10 million women and men have been
diagnosed with osteoporosis and 18 million have been found to have low
bone mass. In the U.S., approximately 1.5 million fractures occur
annually as a result of osteoporosis.
Although thought otherwise by some, osteoporosis is not a normal part
of aging. It is a normal part of degeneration, which comes
about for several reasons. Many seniors in their sixties, seventies
and eighties still have solid bones.
Who is at risk to get Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races.
White and Asian women, especially those who are past menopause, are at highest risk.
You may be more likely to get it, if you:
Are over age 50
Have a low body weight
Family members who had osteoporosis
or broken bones
Do not get enough exercise
Drink alcohol (more than 3
drinks/day) depletes the body of nutrients.
Certain medications are taken for a
long period of time - for instance, seizure medications
and steroids depleting the body of needed
Poor diet that depletes the body of
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Back pain which is caused by a
fractured or collapsed vertebra
Loss of height over time
A bone fracture that occurred much
more easily then would be expected.
A fall or even mild stresses, like bending over or coughing,
causes a fracture.
Results from blood tests can be misleading. The body's first
priority is to keep the blood serum well supplied with
calcium. Calcium is needed to fight infection and is also
If you diet is low in calcium, the body robs from
other parts of the body - teeth, bones, spine. This creates the porous
bones in osteoporosis. Robbery on a steady basis results in
loss of bone mass with collapse or fracture.
Treatment for Healthy Bones:
The body needs specific vitamins to
make sure that the body has enough of what it needs in order
to maintain health. Bones are no different.
Bone, composed primarily of calcium, is a living tissue which contains cells, collagen, and other substances. The body is constantly breaking down and rebuilding bones.
How does a bone lose mass and become porous.
Lack of Calcium
Diet low in calcium. Some nutrition oriented doctors feel that
the cholesterol phobia has reduced the intake of one of the best
sources of calcium: milk and other dairy products without replacing
them with calcium food sources of similar value.
There are lots of
sources for calcium - peas and beans, collards, beat, broccoli, turnip, spinach (most dark,
leafy greens), mackerel, ocean perch, salmon, tofu,
almonds, blackstrap molasses, Chinese cabbage, green
cabbage, cauliflower, figs, oranges, sesame seeds,
raisins, chick peas, kelp, rhubarb, carrots.
Adequate calcium throughout life may reduce the
risk of osteoporosis.
(2) Eating man-made foods - virtually
"foodless" food (fast
food and other processed foods) have
deprived many of calcium and other minerals and vitamins that team
with calcium to make strong bones and teeth.
(Are you getting the idea that it's the nutritional deficiencies created
from the "normal" fast food lifestyle? Read on)
Calcium is also stolen from the body by the following: (they deplete the body of calcium)
in coffee and soft drinks can deplete the body of calcium.
(2) Refined Sugar (not
lactose, milk sugar) interferes with calcium entering the bones.
Alcohol, as a sugar, limits the making of the stomach's hydrochloric acid
and also encourages the loss of magnesium and calcium.
(4) A deficiency of
hydrochloric acid in the stomach blocks calcium absorption and increases
excretion of calcium in the urine.
(5) A deficiency in Vitamin B-6, closely associated with magnesium, can also
cause the departure of calcium.
(7) Other enemies of calcium use
or retention are antacids, aspirin, mineral oil,
cortisone (the natural kind brought on by stress, or the prescribed
hormone replacement), drugs for epilepsy, excessive sweating and - nursing an
(8) Use of certain medications including steroids, anticonvulsants, loop
diuretics (furosemide), long-term use of heparin, and GnRH analogs
(estrogen-suppressing medications). Always check your medications
to make sure that this isn't a side effect - use drugs.com
or talk to your pharmacist who has a database. If you
find a problem, talk to your doctor to see what you can
(9) Exercise: Lack of physical exercise will actually pull calcium
from our bones. Numerous experiments have established that non-nutritional factor of
exercise can preserve bone mass and volume, and even re-build bone.
Regular exercising of weight-bearing bones, in particular, helps
retain, and frequently builds bone volume and density. Examples of
good weight-bearing exercises include: walking, jogging, stair climbing,
back strengthening, and weight lifting.
(10) Excess Sodium:
can decrease calcium absorption. Processed foods are full
of sodium which is used to preserve these foods.
At a ratio of one part magnesium to two parts
calcium - calcium is lost. You need magnesium.
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(13) Excessive consumption of protein can cause the
needed calcium to be flushed out of the body, although the correct allowance of protein - 40-60 grams - does not.
deficient diet - less than 40 grams daily - can also deplete calcium
In order for calcium to
be used by the body, it needs vitamin D to absorb it and
Vitamin F to move it around. If Vitamin F is not
present, the calcium remains in the joints, blood vessels
Where can you get Vitamin
F? Essential fatty acids -
Vitamins F, an essential fatty acid, is composed of two fatty
acids—linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linoleic acid (LNA)—with linoleic acid being the most complete fatty acid.
There are two basic categories of EFA's (essential fatty
acids)—omega-3 and omega-6—which include linoleic acid and
Omega 6 is commonly gotten from the food we
eat including vegetable oil, salad dressing, mayonnaise, nuts & seed, chicken, beef, pork, dairy products, eggs,
even fast food has Omega
But for Omega 3, we suggest Omega 3
We recommend the
Cold Water Fish Oil. When
the fish comes from deep cold waters, it
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