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OSTEOPOROSIS PREVENTION

I have been performing peripheral DXA bone scans for 6 years on DC’s, their patients, and health store patrons in the Midwest. Generally, 47% of the women and 72% of the men have low scores on their bone scans. I am fond of saying, “Osteoporosis is NOT caused from a deficiency of biphosphonates” rather a lack of proper nutrition especially minerals i.e., calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients including vitamins D3 and K2.

A daily vitamin mixture that provides calcium (1200 mgs), magnesium (500 mgs), and enough vitamin D3 to bring the blood levels to 60+ ng/mls (as much as 10,000 IU’s/day) has been documented to produce higher bone density on follow-up scans.

Calcium alone or only with vitamin D may not be sufficient. Sunlight helps create vitamin D when it strikes a cholesterol molecule. People who live “north” of a line from Atlanta to San Diego will need more sun than others. Twenty minutes daily during the summer may fall far short of what is needed according to recent articles. Imagine how much sun exposure is needed over the winter months!

Exercise is helpful. Young women (30‘s) are osteopenic (birthing 3 children in 5 years) and 70+ year-old men are having compression fractures that needed Vertebro/Kyphoplasty. I diagnosed a 34-year-old (birthing 4 children in 7 years) with a compression fracture.

Good quality x-rays are needed as is careful review of the films. A patient on Fosamax had me examine her cheek and I felt the hole created in her jaw (ONJ) ! No minerals or vitamin D were suggested by her physician when she was given the prescription.

Osteoporosis is wide-spread and I suggest a base-line scan be obtained for many prior to 40 years of age should bone loss be detected. Proper nutrition has been shown to be effective in preventing and reversing the painful and damaging effects of low bone density that has been documented to lead to early death.

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