Because so much of the focus surrounding osteoporosis tends to focus on women, it’s easy to forget that men get this condition too. Osteoporosis is more common in women—affecting an estimated 30 percent of postmenopausal women. But one in five men over the age of 50 will at some point suffer a bone fracture as a result of osteoporosis.
After the age of 75, men become even more vulnerable to bone loss and breaks than their younger peers. And, by some estimates, the number of hip fractures in men worldwide will double by 2025.1
What’s to Blame? (more…)
Women who face bone loss and endometriosis after menopause might have an alcoholic drink once in a while. It seems to help preserve bone density.
Alcohol seems to have the same bone-preserving qualities as estrogen, and its effects are very significant, say researchers from the Oregon State University. They studied 40 post-menopausal women who regularly had one or two alcoholic drinks a day and weren’t taking HRT. Within two weeks of non-drinking, researchers noticed that the women’s bone deterioration accelerated, and stopped in less than a day when they started drinking again.
Exercise and a good diet play a part, too, say the researchers. The other problem is that this ‘moderate’ amount of alcohol may not be so moderate after all, and revised safety levels are now suggesting just one small glass of wine every other day.
(Source: Menopause, 2012; 19:).
Many people think that calcium is the only nutrient necessary for strong bones. This is a dangerous myth that needs to be addressed.(1)
In fact, it takes 18 different nutrients to make durable bones. However, the most important bone mineral is magnesium because it activates alkaline phosphatase, the enzyme required to ensure optimal bone cell activity, as well as a strong bone matrix.(2)
It is vitally important to understand that calcium and magnesium are in an endless and dynamic dance within our cells.(3) These two key metabolic minerals are actually biological antagonists, and through their opposing actions, activate many of the vital functions we take for granted. But when these minerals get out of balance, due to stress-induced magnesium loss, a whole series of problems and chronic diseases unfold – most notably Heart Disease, our Number 1 killer.
Allopathic medicine is slowly recognizing the following facts about calcium and magnesium:(4) (more…)
Bone is dynamic tissue that goes through regular three- to six-month buildup/breakdown cycles. Osteoclasts are special cells that break down and dissolve old bone. Once they’ve done their job, a team of cells called osteoblasts takes over to build new bone. This continuous cycle keeps the bones healthy and strong, and prevents them from becoming weak and breaking. (more…)