OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT REQUIRES MORE THAN CALCIUM
“My hips and spine have returned to normal density by taking the inexpensive vitamins below and my bone quality should be excellent compared to the brittle shell created by pharmaceuticals.
Maintaining vitamin D blood levels is essential and strontium citrate is an important part of any osteoporosis treatment program."
Doctors often advise women over forty to take calcium supplements as part of their osteoporosis treatment program.
But excess calcium can migrate to our arteries and soft tissue if we do not include the right vitamins in our osteoporosis treatment program. But choosing the right supplement is a real challenge as store shelves are filled with hundreds of products and we may end up with more questions than answers:
- How much calcium should I be taking?
- Should the formula include Vitamin D or Magnesium?
- How much Vitamin D should I be taking?
- Are the expensive brands worth the extra money?
- Is calcium citrate better than calcium carbonate?
- What about coral calcium and bone meal?
- When should I be taking my calcium and how often?
- If I eat well and exercise, do I really need supplements?
- Why are some people so excited about strontium?
“Part of the problem in curbing the incidence of osteoporosis has been a widespread singular focus on calcium, with little or no emphasis on magnesium and vitamin D, and often only lip service to other critical mineral factors and meaningful exercise.” Canadian Manufacturer
Calcium can be harmful without the right vitamins. But the necessary vitamins are 30-50% more expensive in Canadian and UK stores compared to shopping on-line. And vitamin D (essential for calcium absorption) is not available in the recommended higher dosages in Canada.
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VITAMIN D IS ESSENTIAL FOR BONE HEALTH
Osteoporosis Canada reports that vitamin D3 can increase calcium absorption by as much as 30 to 80 percent...and yet research shows that over 70% of people in the United States and Canada are vitamin D deficient
in the winter. Many experts are now recommending 2,000-5,000 IU daily for people living in northern regions. (I was taking 2,000 IU daily and by January my blood test showed that I was below the acceptable range.)
The importance of this vitamin for bone health cannot be overstated and yet few calcium supplements contain sufficient D3 to support optimal blood levels
For the winter months, 5,000 IUs may be necessary to maintain blood levels that support calcium absorption. The cost is approximately $10 for a six month supply.
VITAMIN K2 AND MAGNESIUM ARE ESSENTIAL
There is growing evidence that vitamin K2
assists calcium absorption into the bones (rather than our arteries and soft tissue) and magnesium
improves the quality of the calcium crystals in our bones. When too little magnesium is available, the calcium crystals are weaker, permitting fractures to occur. Magnesium is usually included in a good calcium supplement and a year's supply of vitamin K2 can be purchased for approximately $100.
STRONTIUM IS IMPORTANT FOR BONE BUILDING
Strontium is an important dual-action agent that helps both to build bones and prevent bone loss. Studies have shown 8-14% improvements in bone density within osteoporosis treatment programs that include strontium, calcium and vitamin D supplements.
Puritan's Pride sells strontium at an attractive price...as well as the calcium and vitamin D needed to support it.
Research by pharmaceutical companies has shown that strontium is effective and there is no evidence that non-prescription strontium citrate is less effective.
Puritan's Pride Bone Care provides the recommended levels of calcium, magnesium, vitamin K1 and vitamin D in two tablets for approximately $30 a year compared to $160 for the least expensive Caltrate. As Bone Care can't be imported to Canada (and possibly some other countries), low cost Calcium/Magnesium tablets can be purchased locally and then combined with high dose vitamin D to provide a foundation of support. Once this foundation has been created, vitamin K2 and strontium can be added to your program...and they are often far less expensive when purchased on-line.
Bone loss is not related solely to calcium deficiency but also to a change in hormone levels and changes in the bone remodeling process as we age. There is growing interest in the use of progesterone cream to assist with calcium absorption in pre and post menopausal women. (I also found it does wonders for my sleep.)
COST AND QUALITY ARE ALSO IMPORTANT
As our bone-building program may last 30-40 years, both the cost and quality of our osteoporosis treatment program are important considerations. Vitamin programs of similar quality can range from $30 to $800 a year. Indeed there is very little relationship between supplement prices and their quality. (Refer to Best Calcium for some very interesting product comparisons.) Also, depending on how much time and money we are prepared to invest in our nutrition, a blend of supplements with an enriched diet may be the best choice.
Don't forget to include an exercise program in your osteoporosis prevention and treatment program. Exercise (and especially strength-building) is absolutely essential for healthy bones.
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- Causes of osteoporosis
- Causes of osteoporosis include certain prescription medication as well as heredity, diet, lifestyle or a combination of all of these factors.
- Symptoms of Osteoporosis
- Symptoms of osteoporosis include a dull pain in the lower back or neck that may become a sharp pain if there are bone fractures. There may be no symptoms at earlier stages of osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis Risk
- Osteoporosis risk is greatest amongst small-boned, lightweight people. But family history, lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity and medication also affect our risk.
- Medications that Cause Osteoporosis
- Medications that cause osteoporosis include drugs taken for acid reflux, Crohn's disease, depression, bipolar disorders and asthma.
- Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid
- Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid may include bloating, gas and constipation. They can also lead to osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis T Scores and Bone Density Tests
- Osteoporosis t scores should be tested before menopause to identify changes in bone density and the speed of change.
- Osteoporosis Prevention
- Osteoporosis prevention is supported by early detection combined with the right vitamins and exercise.
- Osteoporosis Medication
- Osteoporosis medication can have significant side effects. Vitamins are recommended regardless of the medication being used.
- Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
- Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency may include frequent colds and flus and osteoporosis.
- Vitamin K Benefits
- Vitamin K benefits are widely understood in Japan where it is used to prevent osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis Diet
- A good osteoporosis diet is important but rarely supplies enough vitamin D.
- The Best Calcium for Osteoporosis
- The best calcium for osteoporosis prevention doesn't have to be expensive. But it must include enough Vitamin D, K2 and Magnesium to prevent calcium from migrating to our heart.
- Foods High In Magnesium
- Foods high in magnesium help to build healthy bones. But does our diet include enough of the foods that contain magnesium?
- Strontium for Osteoporosis
- Strontium for osteoporosis treatment has been approved in Europe. Bone density increases of 8%-14% are possible.
- Progesterone and Osteoporosis
- Progesterone and osteoporosis treatment have provided a 3% annual improvement in bone density in some studies.
- Exercise and Osteoporosis
- Exercise and osteoporosis prevention are inseparable parts of a natural treatment program. Strength training is essential for strong bones.
- Osteoporosis Books
- Osteoporosis books provide outstanding guidance on the prevention and treatment of obone loss. They also challenge the myth of osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis Recipes
- Great osteoporosis recipes help to build a yummy and bone healthy diet.
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- Treatment for Osteopenia
- Treatment for osteopenia can include inexpensive vitamins and minerals as well as exercise-even when drugs have been prescribed.
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- Osteoporosis and Prunes
- Osteoporosis and prunes are rarely thought of together. But recent studies suggest the lowly prune may be the most effective fruit in an osteoporosis prevention diet.
- Bone Scan Procedure
- A bone scan procedure is a painless first step in assessing bone health. Other tests are also necessary.
- Hormone Tests for Osteoporosis Prevention
- Hormone tests may help identify the cause of bone loss and strategies for osteoporosis prevention.
- Childrens Aspirin and Osteoporosis?
- Research indicates that childrens aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Can it also reduce the risk of osteoporosis?
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- Aspirin risks must be weighed against the benefits of cancer and stroke prevention. So what are the risks?
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- Aspirin and heart attacks are often linked in prevention strategies. But is aspirin for everyone?
- Vitamin D and Thyroid Disease. Are they Linked?
- Are vitamin D and thyroid disease linked? Adequate vitamin D levels may be important for thyroid treatment.
- Vitamin D Test
- A vitamin D test is the only way to know if your intake is adequate. One test is often enough if taken at the right time.
- Osteoporosis and Heredity
- Heredity plays a major role in the risk of developing osteoporosis. Researchers have now identified the exact genes.