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Osteoporosis

A decreased density of bone compared to normal bone mass of age and sex matched controls. It is the most prevalent bone disease in the world. There are many factors that can contribute to osteoporosis, the most common is postmenopausal, estrogen deficient osteoporosis. More than one-half of women in the United States who are 50 years of age or older will have documented osteoporosis, with major orthopedic consequences common.

Diet-related bone loss is caused by chronic dietary deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin C, vitamin D, and protein. Absorption of these nutrients becomes inefficient as one ages and not easily assessable from the diet. In most cases they must be supplemented with high quality professional food supplements. Specific bone building factors such as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHC) and ipriflavone have had strong documentation to significantly regenerate bone.

Contributing Factors

Major Risk:

• Family history of osteoporosis • Caucasian, Asian, other non-black ethnic background

• Hydrochloric acid deficient • Slender build, underweight or small muscle mass

• Low intake of vitamins/minerals • Early menopause; prolonged cessation of menopause

• Late menarche or amenorrhea • Prolonged use of corticosteroids, antacids, diuretics

Minor Risk:

• Emotional stress • Sedentary life style; prolonged immobilization

• Excessive dieting • Excessive intake of alcohol, caffeine, or salt

• High fiber intake • Intake of foods high in phosphates, phytates, oxalates, or fat

• Cigarette smoking

Dietary Suggestions

Anti-Inflammatory Diet