Osteoporosis – Prevent It!
The National Osteoporosis Foundation tells us that ten million people in North America have Osteoporosis, and eighty percent of them are women. As they age, one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have an Osteoporosis-related fracture, and one in four people will die within a year (the death rate is twice as high for men as for women) of having a hip fracture from Osteoporosis. Also, one in four will become complete invalids following Osteoporosis related fractures. Only one-third of the people suffering an Osteoporosis-related hip fracture will heal and return to a normal life.
What is Osteoporosis?
You can only understand this disease after you understand bone tissue. Many people are surprised to learn that their bones are alive. The common belief is that bones are just accumulations of calcium. But the truth is, every cell in your skeleton has a lifespan. Each bone cell is “born,” it lives for many years and then it dies. During its lifetime it will contribute to your immune system and add to your metabolism. When it reaches the end of its lifespan, a new bone cell replaces it.
When you are young, your body produces more new bone cells than those dying. Your bones get longer, bigger, denser and healthier. The rate of bone cells being born and those dying are about the same at age 30, but by age 40 the pendulum has definitely swung to the other side. Now, the amount of bone cells that die every day exceeds the few being born. This results in your bones become thinner, less active and less able to support your body.
Bones that thin too quickly are called osteopenic. This condition affects about 45 million people in North America. When a bone becomes so thin that it resembles Swiss cheese (full of holes and pores), the condition is diagnosed as Osteoporosis. This diseased bone can fracture with the slightest stress.
Protecting Against Osteoporosis
The best way to “cure” Osteoporosis is prevention. So, be proactive and protect against it!
Children and adults up to age 30 should:
- Take a calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D supplement every day.
- Focus their diet on leafy, green vegetables.
- Get at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight on 40 percent of their body every day.
- Perform weight-bearing exercises most days of the week.
Adults over 30 should do these things also, but if your over the age of 30, bone-building supplements need to be more aggressive. This is especially true if you have any risk factors for Osteoporosis. Key areas of concern for maturing adults include:
- The ability to produce collagen – Collagen is like the reinforcing steel bars in a concrete foundation: it provides tensile strength and gives the aggregate minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, something to adhere to! Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHC) is the specific collagen found in your bones. It makes sense to supplement your bones with this special collagen. People who take enough MCHC build new, healthy bone cells even into their senior years. We need more MCHC! Homocysteine (HCY) breaks up collagen. Therefore, reducing HCY is critical to protecting against Osteoporosis.
- The effects of stress – Decreasing the effects of stress is important in conserving your bone tissue. When you are under stress your body responds by stealing minerals from your bones to fuel the “fight or flight” response. Then, cortisol acts to excrete these minerals through your urine instead of putting them back into your bones. The amino acid
GABA helps reduce this effect of cortisol and allows minerals to go back into your bones when you sleep.
- The inability to get good sleep – During sleep, your body produces a hormone called NAMOT (related to melatonin) when you reach stage 4 sleep. It signals your bones to begin repairing themselves. If you are unable to get deep, restorative sleep, you cannot repair the bone cells that die every day. Methoxytryptamine (5MT) is the protein that your pituitary gland uses to produce NAMOT. So, supplementing with 5MT is important for bone health.
Growing new bone
You can slow the bone loss process of Osteoporosis regardless of your age or bone density and start producing new, healthy bone cells. It just requires a little time every day for exercise, sunshine and the correct nutrients. You will find the nutrition you need in whole foods – especially leafy green vegetables, and supplements can play a critical role by providing the intense, specific nutrients required for restoring healthy bones.
TriVita’s Bone Growth Factor is designed for people over 30 who have risk factors for Osteoporosis. Taking 3 capsules every day will provide you with most of the building blocks you need for healthy bones. However, if you have already begun to lose significant bone density, you will need to take 6 capsules every day. The good news is that you can add back more than 5% of new, healthy bone mass every year you follow these steps – no matter how old you are or how thin your bones have become. You can turn back the clock on Osteoporosis with proper lifestyle choices and intense nutrition.