Mechanical Force, Childhood, and Osteoporosis

To put osteoporosis into perspective, the process that creates bone mass density must be understood When mechanical force is applied to bone mass, in a way where, bending, torsion or stretching occurs, a cellular response can take place to cause an adaptation in the density of bone mass. These loads must be high enough for the cells (osteoblasts) to be irritated, … [Read more...]

Calcium Chocolate

It will be harder to forget to take your calcium now  Adherence to treatment protocol is often a contributing factor in disease prevention and wellness programs. Many articles are written about, not just what is best for individuals to do to avoid health complications, but what is convenient enough for individuals to adhere to. Almost all types of cardio respiratory … [Read more...]

Tobacco, Bone and Osteoporosis

It's not just your heart and lungs that are punished by a smoking habit Identifying the risks of tobacco use has been done by research scientists and reported by numerous media outlets, scientific journals, and even popular films are touching the subject. Most often tobacco use, depending if chewed or smoked, can increase the risks of lip and gum cancer, heart … [Read more...]

Achilles: A New Method in Testing for Osteoporosis

Many places around the world cannot have DXA scanning available for their entire population, for cost and logistical reasons, however a new technology has been developed to address this The Difficulty of DXA Though the Dual-energy X-ray Absorption (DXA) scan is considered the gold standard for bone mass density testing, it is often an expensive test to order. As … [Read more...]

Bone Health and Deer Antlers

After a cold winter in Spain, researchers noticed a change in the antlers of the local deer that may lead to treatments and different diet protocols for optimum bone health Researchers at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in Spain have been studying local deer antlers, their growth patterns, and most recently studying their deficiencies in one particular year. … [Read more...]

Hypogonadism and Osteoporosis in Men

Decreases in physical performance can adversely the effect bone mass density What is Hypogonadism Typically as males age past the second decade of life, decreases in sexual function and sexual hormone (testosterone) production begin. Hypogonadism is the medical term for this decrease past the bottom of what is considered normal production of testosterone by the … [Read more...]

Calcium and Osteoporosis

“I take calcium so I don’t have to worry about osteoporosis.” There are actually 17 nutrients that are critical for bone health, and calcium is just one of them. Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in the body, and is responsible for many things beyond bone. These include but are not limited to, nervous system function, regulation of heart rate, development of … [Read more...]

Exercise and Bone Health

"I exercise, so I don't have to worry about osteoporosis." The mechanics of running include a heel strike impact resulting in 3 to 4 times as much force as the body weight of the individual depending on speed (Heinonen, et al., 1996). For this reason, more injuries result from running or impact type fitness activity than non-weight bearing exercise. This has forced … [Read more...]

Medications for Osteoporosis (Bisphosphonates)

Bisphosphonates Facts and Risks The following is a summary of existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications, and their known side effects: Some of the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs are Bisphosphonates. These are the most common drugs prescribed by physicians for osteoporosis treatment. These drugs are antiresorptive … [Read more...]

Osteoporosis Medications (Non-Bisphosphonates)

Non-Bisphosphonates Facts and Risks The following are side effects of the non-bisphosphonate drugs on the market. The two drugs listed here are the most commonly prescribed in this category, but others are currently in development, and could potentially be released soon. Raloxifene (Evista) is an osteoporosis medication. The following is the list of side effects … [Read more...]