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Dec. 18th, 2006

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more reasons to eat your fruits and veggies

Excerpts from Kansas City InfoZine:
After many years of study, researchers now say that sodium may influence the blood pressure and heart health of some people more than others. Meanwhile, research has raised questions about how sodium consumption may affect two other serious health concerns: stomach cancer and osteoporosis.


Researchers are also looking at sodium's possible association with osteoporosis, bone-thinning that dramatically raises risk of fractures. Studies have found that high sodium consumption increases calcium excretion in urine, which may cause blood levels of calcium to drop. Among other functions, calcium forms and maintains bone strength. If calcium levels become too low the body may pull the mineral from bones to maintain a safe calcium blood level. However, research suggests that urinary calcium loss could also be related to how little potassium we consume. When diets contain the recommended level of potassium, sodium reportedly has less impact on urinary calcium loss.

The bottom line: a plant-based diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in high-sodium processed foods may reduce risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and stomach cancer, whether due to reduced sodium or other influences. Add weight control and you've got a picture of good nutrition.

Sep. 14th, 2006

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lapse in taking bone building pill?

I've had a one-month lapse in taking my weekly Actonel. No real reason, just been slacking with renewing my prescription. Will this have any negative effect on me? So far, my body has handled taking this pill very well.

I'm also due for a new DeXa scan soon. What might they suggest if I've been following my recommended bone-building routine (ok, except for the pill lapse!) and I'm still not showing signs of building bone mass?

Jul. 3rd, 2006

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Does anyone know if it's safe to see a chiropractor if you have osteopenia or osteporosis? My first and previous chiropractic experience left me in more pain than before, but I am reconsidering this treatment. I don't want to go through with it if it means more problems in the bones. Maybe subconsciously I feel like something will break....

Jun. 6th, 2006



bone loss and smoking


In the first ever analysis of the effects of secondhand smoke on bone density, Yu-Hsiang Hsu and colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health found 14,000 rural Chinese men and pre-menopausal women have significantly lower bone density if they are exposed to secondhand smoke -- even if they are themselves smokers.

The findings are being presented this week at the International Osteoporosis Foundation World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto.

Smoking has already been known to be a risk factor, but not to this extent.

May. 24th, 2006

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Disease Striking Younger Women

A disease that is usually associated with older women has been striking younger women as well.

A routine physical examination for Bonnie Burns of Troy took a turn as Burns was tested for bone density. Burns was tested with the heel ultrasound machine that screens for thinning bones, and heard the shocking news.

The doctor told Burns that she has osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, and he was stunned until Burns mentioned something that made a bit of difference.

"I happened to mention that as a 14-year-old girl, heavily into ballet, I was anorexic for a little over a year, and Dr. Robins said 'bingo, there's the other part of the equation,' " said Burns. "That was more devastating to me because I felt that it was something that I could have perhaps avoided."

There are risk factors associated with osteoporosis, including caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and certain medical problems.
"I have been shocked at some of the patients who turned out to have osteopenia," said Dr. Robert Robins, an OB/GYN from Pontiac. "I have has many patients between 35 and 50 years old, who've has a bone density test just out of curiosity and they've turned out to be abnormal."

For more information on doctors who offer the heel ultrasound test, go to www.associatedobgyn.net.

For information on preventing osteoporosis, go to www.nof.org


Apr. 13th, 2006

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Side effects seen from bone-building drugs

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- More than 2,400 U.S. residents
taking bisphosphonate drugs to build their bones have suffered bone
damage to their jaws since 2001, a report said.

Aside from the 2,400, who were taking mainly the more potent
injected form of bisphosphonates, 120 people taking the oral form of
the drugs also have reported debilitating problems.

While that number is small vs. the estimated 39 million oral
bisphosphonate prescriptions handed out in 2005 to treat
osteoporosis and cancer victims, health experts told The Los Angeles
Times the problems may show a trend.

"We've uncovered about 1,000 patients (with jaw necrosis) in
the past six to nine months alone, so the magnitude of the problem
is just starting to be recognized," Kenneth Hargreaves of the
University of Texas told the newspaper.

Bisphosphonates include brands such as Actonel, Fosamax and

"We're not quite sure what we're dealing with over the long
haul. Side effects like this should make ordinary, healthy women
think twice," said Dr. Susan Ott of the University of Washington.

Argh, and I'm on Actonel.....

Apr. 3rd, 2006

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hello *waves*

im a 22 year old nursing student. I have a long history of eating disorders and i was diagnosed with osteoporosis 2 years ago. It was quite the horrible, scary shock; sometimes i still reel from it. In november, I fell off my bike and slightly fractured my left elbow; i suspect it was an osteoporotic related fracture. nowadays, I maintain a healthy weight, lift weights, and take calcium supplements. I was on actonel for a year but my rhuematologist took me off of it due to possible effects of a later pregnancy. ie. studies are showing that if a pregnant mother has biphosphonates in her bones, that her bones will take calcium out of her fetus =(.

thank you
and im glad this community exists =)


Mar. 30th, 2006

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New Study Reveals Promising Osteoporosis Treatment

Source: Science Daily, March 13, 2006

A New York University College of Dentistry professor has developed a calcium phosphate-based supplement that -- even at low concentrations -- significantly improves bone strength and thickness without the side effects of many current drug treatments. Dr. Racquel Z. LeGeros, a Professor of Biomaterials and Biomimetics and of Implant Dentistry, presented her research on the supplement at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting on March 9, 2006.

Current FDA-approved pharmaceutical-based osteoporosis treatments, such as bisphosphonate drugs and hormone therapies, do not effectively repair bone that has already been lost. In fact, bisphosphonates have been shown to actually inhibit bone redevelopment. Many of these treatments also have serious side effects, including increasing the risk of heart disease, strokes, and breast cancer.

But the supplement Dr. LeGeros developed by combining magnesium (Mg), zinc (Zn), and fluoride (F) ions in a calcium-phosphate (CaP) matrix does not have the side effects of the current pharmaceutical-based treatments. Perhaps more importantly, a Mg/Zn/F-CaP supplement would be inexpensive to produce and would not require FDA approval. Dr. LeGeros' formulation could be available to market as an over-the-counter supplement, pending patent approval.

In her study, Dr. LeGeros investigated the effect in rats of Mg/Zn/F-CaP ion combinations on several bone properties: strength, thickness, quality, and composition of bones.

Dr. LeGeros divided a sample of 72 (36 males, 36 females) adult Sprague-Dawley rats (average weight, 160g) into six groups receiving the following diets: control; mineral deficiency-induced osteoporosis (MD); MD supplemented with Mg-CaP; Zn-CaP; F-CaP; and Mg/Zn/F-CaP. Each supplement was 0.6% of the MD diet. The post-mortem examination of the femurs in the MD Mg/Zn/F-CaP group showed that even this small amount of Mg/Zn/F-CaP supplement substantially improved bone strength and thickness. More studies will be needed, ultimately using human trials to confirm the results.

Dr. LeGeros' paper, Effect of Mg/Zn/F-CaP Supplements on Bone Properties: Phase 1, describes initial results of her research, which is funded by a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health.

Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive, and debilitating disease characterized by bone loss and the thinning of cortical bone leading to bone fracture. In the United States, the disease affects an estimated 10 million older adults, resulting in more than 1.5 million fractures annually; the overwhelming majority of those afflicted with osteoporosis (80%) are women.

Dr. LeGeros said future research may also focus on using Mg/Zn/F-CaP compounds to repair fractures and periodontal bone defects.

Mar. 28th, 2006

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lead and bone health

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 27 (UPI) -- University of Rochester scientists are starting a study to better understand the role environmental lead exposure plays in bone maturation and loss.

For decades, scientists have known the human skeleton is a repository for lead in people who were exposed to high levels of lead, an environmental toxin, during their childhood. But, previously, that storage was believed benign.

Now studies indicate lead in bones actually sets off a bizarre chain reaction, first accelerating bone growth and then eventually limiting it so that a high peak bone mass is not achieved. And preventing a high peak bone mass will predispose a young person to osteoporosis later in life.

The University of Rochester Medical Center researchers are starting the 4-year, $5 million research project funded by the National Institutes of Health to better understand the deceptive role lead initially plays in bone development, growth and loss.

J. Edward Puzas, professor of orthopedics and director of the project, said his research is expected to determine at what specific age lead-exposed individuals will plateau in bone growth and at what age they will begin to lose more bone as older adults.

Mar. 8th, 2006

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intro post!

I created this community some time ago but in my busy life, I kept putting off an introduction to this community. So here goes!

About your maintainer:
In November 2004, I attended a local health fair. I went around to all of the testing booths, one of which was a bone density scan. I was shocked to learn that a scan done on my ankle showed signs of thin bones, a -1.7. The nurse assured me that these weren't the most accurate scanning tools, but I should get it checked out nonetheless. In January 2005, a DexaScan showed that I had osteopenia. At age 26!

I refused (and still do) to be one of the statistics that breaks a hip or is confined to her house because she might fall.... What I thought was an "old woman's disease" became my soul obsession for research and a re-evaulation of my diet, exercise, and life in general. Several exams, blood tests, supplements and a close watch by my doctor still has not turned up any reason why I should have osteopenia.

To make matters even harder, most of the research and materials out there about bone health is aimed at peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women. That's why this community exists: to share insight, experiences, and thoughts and feelings about bone health at any age. It doesn't have to be scary or hard, but taking action for your bones now ensures that you will be active later.

Welcome to osteo_health!


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