Bone loss is inevitable as we age and begins much earlier in life than you might think. Over time,and without our awareness, the density of our bones diminishes, becoming porous and fragile. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural steps you can take to slow and even reverse bone loss. Bio-identical progesterone cream is a safe and highly effective approach with clinical data supporting outstanding results in maintaining and restoring bone health along with many other wellness benefits.What is Osteopenia?
We reach peak bone mineral density (BMD) at about 30 years of age, at which time we all begin to lose bone mass. Bone mineral density is a measurement of the level of minerals in the bones, which indicates how dense and strong they are. If, upon testing, your BMD is low, osteopenia is diagnosed which means you are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis over time. Women are far more likely to develop osteopenia and osteoporosis than men because hormonal changes in midlife speeds the loss of bone mass.What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis refers to bones that become porous, weak and brittle to the point that a fall or something as simple as bending or coughing can cause a fracture. Although it's often thought of as a women's disease, osteoporosis affects men too. In the early stages of bone loss, you usually have no pain or other symptoms. But once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, signs and symptoms may include:
Because osteoporosis rarely causes signs or symptoms until it's advanced, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test if you are:
International Osteoporosis Foundation Facts
The National Osteoporosis Foundation in the USA reported that in 2010, about 12 million people over the age of 50 will have osteoporosis and another 40 million will experience low bone mass. By 2020, this rate is expected to increase to 14 million cases of osteoporosis and over 47 million cases of low bone mass.
Osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan.
In 2005 in the USA, there were approximately 2 million fractures costing $17 billion dollars. By 2025, annual fractures and costs are projected to increase by 50% and $25 billion, respectively.
30-50% of women and 15-30% of men will suffer a fracture related to osteoporosis in their lifetime.
A 10% loss of bone mass in the vertebrae can double the risk of vertebral fractures, and similarly, a 10% loss of bone mass in the hip can result in a 2.5 times greater risk of hip fracture.
By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and 240% in women.
The combined lifetime risk for hip, forearm and vertebral fractures coming to clinical attention is around 40%, equivalent to the risk for cardiovascular disease.
In white women, the lifetime risk of hip fracture is 1 in 6, compared with a 1 in 9 risk of a diagnosis of breast cancer.
In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancerNutrition
Adequate levels of calcium intake can maximize the positive effect of physical activity on bone health during the growth period of children.
Calcium supplementation has been shown to have a positive effect on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.
Calcium and vitamin D supplementation reduces rates of bone loss and also fracture rates in older male and female adults, and the elderly. In institutionalized elderly women, this combined supplementation reduced hip fracture rates.
Fruit and vegetable intake was positively associated with bone density in a study in men and women. The exact components of fruits and vegetables which may confer a benefit to bone are still to be clarified.
In a study in elderly men and women, higher dietary protein intake was associated with a lower rate of age-related bone loss.
Lactose intolerance has been shown to be associated with low bone mass and increased risk of fracture due to low milk (calcium) intake.
Moderate alcohol intake is not thought to be harmful to bone. However, chronic alcohol abuse is detrimental to bone health, with one of the mechanisms being a direct toxic effect on bone forming cells.Osteoporosis Risk Factors
Many men don't think they are at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis, since these are commonly considered to be conditions of older women. Because men have a higher peak bone mineral density than women at middle age, osteopenia and osteoporosis tend to happen at an older age in men. But aside from the hormonal change in women as they go through menopause, the risk factors of osteopenia are risks for men as well as women. Men are also at risk if they have low levels of the hormone testosterone.Preventing Osteoporosis
Three factors essential for keeping your bones healthy throughout your life are:
It's never too late to make lifestyle changes to build stronger bones and thus prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Diet, exercise, plenty of water, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use will make a positive impact on bone health. Compliment this by supplementing with bio-identical progesterone, calcium and vitamin D makes it possible to not only prevent bone loss, but actually restore bone density.Bio-Identical Progesterone Cream
Following many years of clinical research, in the late 1980's, Dr. John R. Lee, MD concluded that the topical application of bio-identical progesterone is the missing ingredient for normal bone-building. Be sure to read Dr. Lee's article, "Osteoporosis Reversal - The Role of Progesterone." Treatment resulted in progressive increase in bone mineral density and, more importantly, definite clinical improvements evidenced by pain relief, height stabilization, increased physical activity, and fracture prevention. The benefits achieved were found to be independent of age.
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Foods offer the best source of calcium, however most people do not get adequate calcium without supplementation. There are several different types of calcium to choose from. While calcium carbonate offers the poorest absorption and is therefore the least effective form, recent studies show that a specific combination of calcium citrate and calcium malate is optimal for bone health. The daily calcium needs for a teenager is 1,200 mg., for young adults, 800-1,000 and women over 45 should get 1,200-1,500 mg. of calcium each day.Good sources of calcium include:
Your body produces vitamin D when the sun's ultraviolet rays stimulate your skin to synthesize it. If you have limited sun exposure, or use topical sunscreens that shield the sun's ultraviolet rays, it is essential to obtain vitamin D from supplementation and dietary sources. More and more evidence shows that the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D (400 IU's) is drastically low and suggests that 2,000 - 5,000 IU's daily is more efficient and effective.
Vitamin D promotes the absorption of two vital minerals, calcium and phosphorus, helping to deposit them in your bones to make them strong and healthy. In addition to maintaining healthy bones, research suggests that vitamin D is linked with lower incidences of cancers and conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Very few foods are naturally rich in vitamin D. Therefore, most people obtain their vitamin D intake from fortified foods, such as milk, soymilk and fortified cereals. Naturally occurring vitamin D is found in the flesh of fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines) and in egg yolks.Exercise
No matter when you start, exercise can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss. Strength training helps strengthen muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine, and weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, running, stair climbing, skipping rope, skiing and impact-producing sports, mainly affect the bones in your legs, hips and lower spine. Swimming, cycling and exercising on machines such as elliptical trainers can provide a good cardiovascular workout, but because such exercises are low impact, they're not as helpful for improving bone health as weight-bearing exercises are.Summary
Maintaining healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis requires a comprehensive approach.
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