Of the Ten Million Americans who have Osteoporosis, 80 Percent are Women.
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In episode 59 of the BioBalance Healthcast, Dr. Maupin and Brett Newcomb talk about osteopenia and osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
- Thinning of bone density over time
- Measure bone density against a standard for 29 year old female averages
- Use of the bell curve as a statistical tool
- If you are more than 1 up to 2.5 SD out from average you have osteopenia
- Greater than 2.5 you have osteoporosis
How to Improve Bone Density
- Vitamin D
- Weight Bearing Exercise
- Calcium in the diet
How Do Bones Become Less Dense?
- It is normally a slow progressive change in bone thickness that begins in women before menopause and continues after menopause at the rate of 1% of your bone per year
Why Do We Get Osteoporosis?
- Aging leads to loss of estrogen and testosterone
- Sedentary Life Style
- Poor Diet
- Genetic Predisposition
- Before the advent of a drug to “cure” osteoporosis, doctors rarely diagnosed the problem
- A new wonder drug was developed to fight osteoporosis called Fosamax
- This drug allowed us to focus on treatment rather than avoidance
How to Avoid Getting Osteoporosis
- Be Male: The key hormones involved are testosterone and estradiol, but it is interesting that men rarely get the disease unless they are on steroids for asthma or another disease
- Replace estrogen and testosterone naturally
- Get the best out of your genetic potential
Why is treatment or avoidance so important?
- Osteoporosis leads to disability, poor posture, chronic pain, broken hips and crushed vertebrae
Other contributors to thin bones
- There are lifestyle choices and medical treatments that also increase our risk of thin bones
- Smoking, avoidance of milk in our diet, lack of sunshine and a sedentary lifestyle
- Amphetamine use, Lupron treatment for Endometriosis, corticosteroid use
- Some illnesses like removal of our ovaries, anorexia, or premature menopause can also cause osteoporosis
Do osteoporosis drugs really work?
- Recent studies on bisphosphonates showed that this class of drug that made bones “look” thick on bone density testing. Studies proved that bones were actually fragile and easily fractured.
- I do not recommend the class of drug that includes, Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva to my patients until further study answers the question.
What to do instead
- Bones are responsive to estrogen and testosterone. With these hormones and an adequate diet, you can protect your bones and yourself from disability and pain, and life threatening fractures.
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