OSTEOPOROSIS: The NON DISEASE accused of causing bone fractures

Publication1CROPPED400As we age, our bones become less dense. This is a NORMAL part of the aging process. We have been taught to believe a reduced bone density increases our chances for FRACTURES. In reality, bone density (in and of itself) is NOT a good basis for determining the likeliness for fractures. The combination of physical fitness, flexibility and dietary habits impact the chances for “aging fractures” much more than simple bone density.

z 1 - bonedensitometryMany people have been tested using bone densitometry studies to determine whether their bones are losing “normal” density. These studies provide a “T” score that compares their findings with that of an (approximately) healthy 30 year old. A “Z” score bases its findings on gender, age and race. This value therefore, is a more realistic value to compare individuals especially in the senior category. So why are “T” scores used to determine bone density values in seniors? Do you think more prescriptions for osteoporosis medications will be written if a 30 year old healthy male/female is the basis upon which a comparison will be based?

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SO HOW DO WE REDUCE THE CHANCES OF BONE FRACTURES AS WE AGE?

  1. We provide the nutrients our body needs to support a healthy skeletal system. We eat REAL FOODS containing quality sources of protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts/seeds that supply the body with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K (especially K2.)

  2. We begin a stretching (and/or) yoga (and/or) pilates routine on a REGULAR BASIS to maintain FLEXIBILITY as well as BALANCE (essential in preventing FALLS!)

  3. We begin a resistance exercise program (using bands or free weights or machine weights, etc…) to strengthen muscles that are ATTACHED to bones. Strengthening muscles increases tension on bones which stimulates the formation of NEW BONE.

  4. We make sure we get adequate rest/sleep to allow the REBUILDING of new bone.

  5. We get adequate hydration (WATER) containing essential minerals for bone growth and support found in drinking water.

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This is how most individuals can prevent fractures as they age WITHOUT taking unnecessary pharmaceutical prescriptions with harmful side effects. It is important to realize these medications may increase bone density, however, DO NOT PREVENT FALLS (the #1 cause of fractures in seniors.)

Once again, the answer to preventing harmful fractures with aging is NOT found in the PILL, but rather the LIFESTYLE we live.

  1. Do you know your “Z” score? (The one comparing you with others in your category)

  2. Are you regularly stretching?

  3. Are you regularly exercising?

  4. Are you eating quality food 80-90% of the time?

  5. Are you getting quality sleep?

  6. Are you drinking sufficient quantities of water DAILY?

If you answered NO to ANY of these questions, what makes you think your bone HEALTH will meet your body’s needs?

Fractures Lead to Premature Death

It’s NOT JUST THE ELDERLY!

“A new study shows certain fractures due to osteoporosis can cause premature death in people 45 and older. This is the largest study, to date, that shows a connection between these fractures and premature death.”

REFERENCE: March L, Chen W, Simpson JM, Blyth F, Center J. Premature Mortality Due to Fractures in a Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study of 238,673 Older Women and Men [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015; 67 (suppl 10) Premature Mortality Due to Fractures

WHY WAIT FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH IT BEFORE MAKING THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE?

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19 comments

  1. Excellent post Jonathan. It is all about Lifestyle….and it’s never too late to change one’s lifestyle for the better. Popping a pill is never the answer, and it certainly is not a quick fix !

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  2. Dr. J., an important post for all ages! Thank you! Yep, I’m 78 and can answer YES to all the questions, except for the Z score. It’s a T score at my hospital. A recent bad fall (not due to balance problems) resulted in bone contusions that are healing with continued exercise. Because I have a healthy lifestyle (it’s worth it) there were no fractures! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ Christine

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  3. great advice as usual Doc altho I must say when I saw the summary pictures in my reader I thought you might be addressing domestic violence …

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  4. good post:)

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  5. Fabulous reminder, with a little inside info that most of us don’t know or realize. Thank you.

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  6. I love this. I have osteoporosis so I am careful about those fractures.

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    1. Focus on maintaining the strength, flexibility, BALANCING exercises and healthy nutrition and you are significantly less likely to suffer a fracture.

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      1. Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. As someone who most assuredly has osteoporosis in her future (runs on both sides of the family), I really appreciated this post. Do you know of any other type of tests that can be done besides the “T” score? It would be good to know of other options.

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    1. Bone densitometry studies are the gold standard. CT scans and Ultrasonography can also be used, but their expense and accuracy respectively reduce their use as options.

      The “Z” score (rather than “T” score) is a better score to base individual bone health. It is important, however, to realize that decreased bone density is NOT a reliable factor for determining the chances of bone fracture. Dietary nutritional needs, BALANCING exercises (ex. yoga,) quality flexibility and quality muscle tone are the best combinations for preventing bone fractures as we age.

      Falls are the leading cause of bone fractures for people with osteoporosis. This is because their FUNCTIONAL loss of capacity increases the forces of stress (from a fall) to the skeletal structure. Even with reduced bone density, a person is significantly less likely to fracture a bone if they have maintained their structural needs for function and quality health.

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      1. Very cool and good info Jonathan, thank you.

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  8. Terrific post, lots of interesting information. Was discussing this with someone earlier this morning. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Always a pleasure. There is so much the public is never truly made aware of. The health care industry is entitled to reasonable profits; this is not a conflict of interest with being honest and open with the public. Treating HEALTHY people and keeping them that way is less costly on the system and produces better quality of life for the patient. This is what I call a REAL win-win scenario.

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      1. Completely agreed!

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  9. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. Jim Rohn

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    1. Jim is absolutely spot on! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for sharing your comment.

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  10. Thank you, I needed this post…I have been diagnosed with the dreaded osteo…there is so much more I could be doing to help improve my life style and I do believe that I need these wonderful kicks in the behind from you to help keep me focused on what I need to be doing and where I should be in my life’s journey….thank you Jonathan….I appreciate you more than you know….XXkat

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    1. always here for you and anyone else seeking healthier directions in life.

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