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Better Bone Health Blog

  • Osteopenia vs. Osteoporosis



    Osteopenia,pronounced ‘ost-e-o-pee-nee-a’h, means that bones are weak and have low bone density. The microscopic architecture of the bone is thin but the structure is generally intact.

    Osteoporosis means that the bones are even weaker because some of the internal connections have dissolved completely. Osteoporosis is a disease state that is diagnosed when the bone is so brittle that it might break if a minor fall occurs.

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  • Strontium NOT Approved by FDA for Osteoporosis

    Although most minerals that are essential for bone health can be obtained through a diverse diet, some are added in excess to supplements.  The most common are calcium, zinc, manganese, copper, and one you may be less familiar with – strontium.
     
    Strontium should be questioned for bone health and osteoporosis. It is not considered an “essential” nutrient for bone health and it has unique properties that differentiate it from the others mentioned above.

    The body absorbs strontium as if it were calcium, when in fact strontium is a much heavier element.  It is so heavy, in fact, that it actually displaces calcium in bone.

     

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  • Measuring Healthy Bones Online

    A new online tool helps women measure their risk of osteoporosis and make informed decisions about treatment.

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has prepared an interactive Decision Aid for women who are concerned about bone health. This online tool uses illustrations, quick-facts, and a risk calculator to help women make more informed decisions about the available treatments for osteoporosis. Institute for Better Bone Health recommends this step-by-step guide and we also encourage you to include more than calcium and vitamin D in your nutritional program for bone health.

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  • New Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D

    A new draft recommendation by the U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may cause you to rethink your calcium and vitamin D supplement routine.
    The USPSTF looked at the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements in adults, with an eye towards preventing fractures related to osteoporosis.  The recommendation relied on a long-running study of women taking calcium and vitamin D, known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).
    The USPSTF concluded that 1,000 mg a day of calcium and 400 IUs of vitamin D do not prevent fractures in healthy women.  This is not surprising news, as we have known for a long time that calcium and vitamin D are critical but are not enough alone to prevent fractures.

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  • Calcium Deficient? Supplements, not dairy.

    Silicon, along with calcium, Vitamin D and magnesium, are the key components to building and maintaining healthy bones.

    In the “Ask The Doctor” section of the June 2012 Harvard Health Newsletter by Harvard Medical School, Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D. recommends limiting dairy intake to one or two servings a day, but not for the reasons you may think.
    Why limit dairy? Dairy products may be high in fat and provide unwanted calories even when low-fat milk is used.  Other foods such as leafy green vegetables and beans also have calcium, but for people who are not getting enough calcium from these sources, the report recommends adding a 500 mg supplement instead of consuming larger quantities of dairy products in order to meet your daily calcium requirement, approximately 1200 mg.  The news supports the calcium level (500 mg) contained in our calcium, vitamin D, magnesium supplement, Silical® 1 – which is part of the Silical® System.

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