In this blog we are going to cover many strategies for overcoming osteoporosis. For those living with osteoporosis, there are a variety of treatment options available. The primary goal of treatment is to prevent or slow bone loss and reduce the risk of fracture.
For years, doctors have advised older people to take calcium and vitamin D supplements to maintain bone density. The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium daily for women over 50 and men over 70, and 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D.
First let's cover why taking two 600 milligram calcium tablets won’t work.
I would like to share something with you about calcium supplements that most people don’t know. Just about all calcium supplements have a very low bioavailability: basically, how much your body can absorb. Here is why.
Calcium carbonate is the type of calcium found in most supplements. It provides one of the highest concentrations of elemental calcium. But after your stomach splits the calcium molecules from the carbonate, you are left with only 40% calcium . Of that 40% , your body can only absorb approximately 20% . What this means to you is, a 500milligram tablet of generic off-the-shelf calcium has only about 40milligrams of calcium that your body can use! This is a problem. In order to get your required daily intake, you would need to be taking close to a couple dozen tablets per day!
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Calcium is arguably the most important nutrient in the body with approximately 99% stored within bones and teeth. Calcium is essential for many of the body's functions and dietary intake of calcium should provide all the body’s daily requirements. However, if intake is insufficient over a prolonged period of time this can lead to bone thinning, as calcium is lost from the stores within the bones, and an increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
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Calcium is the foundation of your skeletal system so it would only make sense that your body needs this raw material in order to build that foundation.
Yes, exercise does help build strong bone and can help with your overall health. Weight-bearing exercise has been shown to have the best effect on bone strength and health. These exercises include activities that make you move against gravity while staying upright. Weight-bearing exercises can be high-impact or low-impact.
Here are some high-impact weight-bearing exercises help build bones and keep them strong. Make sure you are healthy enough to do these exercises. If your bones are already weak, then make sure your doctor has cleared you for these activities.
Examples of high-impact weight-bearing exercises are:
· Doing high-impact aerobics
· Stair climbing
· Jumping Rope
Now for the easier low-impact weight-bearing exercises. These can also help keep bones strong and are a safe alternative if you cannot do high-impact exercises.
Examples of low-impact weight-bearing exercises are:
· Using low impact gym equipment
· Doing low-impact aerobics
· Walking on a treadmill or outside
exercises that have you bend forward may increase the chance of breaking a bone in the spine. A physical therapist should be able to help you learn which exercises are safe and appropriate for you.
We can’t cover this topic without looking at what is commonly prescribed and taken by millions of women who suffer from weak bones and have a high risk of bone fracture. Here is a list of drugs and what they are supposed to accomplish.
The daily oral drug Evista (raloxifene) prevents and treats osteoporosis by acting like estrogen to protect bones. Estrogen therapy can also prevent osteoporosis by reducing bone loss.
Taken as a daily injection, teriparatide is a man-made, injectable hormone, and the only osteoporosis treatment that targets the cells that directly increase bone density. The drug is a form of parathyroid hormone.
A twice-a-year injection, denosumab is a monoclonal antibody — a biologic drug. It turns off the stimulus for the type of cells that break down bone, osteoclasts, which decreases bone loss and prevents broken bones.
These drugs help slow bone loss by turning off osteoclasts (cells that break down bone) while allowing the osteoblasts to continue making new bone.
Given as an injection or nasal spray, calcitonin is typically prescribed to treat osteoporosis for women who are more than five years past menopause. As a man-made, thyroid-type hormone, it has a role in regulating calcium and bone metabolism.
You may be wondering why a natural health blog is covering drugs and their reported benefits. It is important to know what weapons you have in the battle against osteoporosis, but like with any battle, a knife in a gunfight won’t do you much good. The problem with all these drugs is that they manipulate the body into behaving a certain way. Not one of these drugs gives your bones what they desperately need… CALCIUM! Turning off your bodies ability to break down bone without supplying it with ample building blocks seems a little… let me choose my words carefully… crazy!
The short answer is any diet that works , but we will break it down a little further. The goal with a diet that is looking for support your bone health should be one that has a lot of vitamins and minerals. Diets high in vegetables and meats will accomplish this. Whether you go more vegetarian or paleo is really up to you.
If vegetarian is more your direction then these foods should be high on the ingredient list for your dinner tonight.
· White beans.
If paleo is more to your liking, then here are some obvious choices for dinner.
· Sardines and canned salmon are loaded with calcium , thanks to their edible bones
Regardless of your preference here are some additional foods that are high in calcium and can be enjoys either way.
· Seeds. Seeds are tiny nutritional powerhouses. ...
· Nuts. They grow trees! They are packed with minerals.
· Cheese. Most cheeses are excellent sources of calcium . ...
· Yogurt. Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium .
· Eggs. One large egg provides 28 milligrams (mg) of calcium, 2.6% of the Daily Reference Value (DRV) for calcium, most of which is in the yolk.
I will end with one very important item to add to the dinner menu every week.
Bone broth is a liquid containing brewed bones and connective tissues. To make bone broth, people use cow, chicken, and even fish bones. Drinking bone broth may be beneficial for the joints and digestive system, among other things.
What makes this stuff so special? The short answer is collagen. Bones and connective tissue are the only true dietary sources of type II collagen — a protein that’s known for keeping skin smooth and supple and teeth and joints healthy, as well as touting dozens of other health benefits.
I will write more on this amazing meal in future blog posts so please visit us again to learn more.