Bone Health

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Vitamin D and Bone Health: Good for Overall Disease Prevention

I’m sure you’ve heard something about Vitamin D lately. This all-important vitamin seems to be in the news constantly, with new research revealing connections between vitamin D deficiency and a myriad of health concerns, including cancer, depression, osteoporosis, immune dysfunction, diabetes, heart disease, and more. In fact, mounting research documents the impressive degree of disease […]

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Keeping Your Bones Strong

Your bones, hair, teeth, and nails are all mirrors of what you put into your body. In my practice, I encourage patients to try a combination approach to preventing and treating osteoporosis that begins with optimal nutrition. In short, this means: Take a daily medical-grade nutritional supplement rich in the minerals and nutrients that support […]

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Bone Loss in Women: The Benefits and Risks of Bisphosphonates

Early use of bisphosophonates, the class of drugs that includes Fosamax (alendronate), and Actonel (risedronate), was industrial: corrosion prevention, laundry soaps, and fertilizer. They were used primarily in the textile and oil industries. Scientists only discovered that bisphosphonates inhibit bone resorption (or bone loss) in the late ‘60s. Bone scans proved that the drugs increased […]

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Fractures – Risks, Types and Prevention

The fear of breaking a bone is a big concern for many of the women I see – and with good reason. Fracturing a major bone, such as the pelvis, hip, or spine can be debilitating. And the media sends terrifying messages about the risk of fracture in women. It seems like every time you […]

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Fracture Risk in Women

The risk of fracture is scary, there’s no doubt. And when it is a major bone, like your pelvis, hip, or spine, a fracture can be debilitating, even life-threatening. Many women think that osteoporosis or low bone density is a leading cause of bone fractures — one reason why the disease is so frightening. But […]

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Bone Density and Bone Strength: Ending the Confusion

You’ve likely heard media hype about a connection between bone density and bone strength. But did you know there is no hard evidence that bone density correlates with bone strength or flexibility—the two factors that prevent fractures? In fact, bones can be dense (rich in calcium and hard), yet brittle—what matters more is the health […]

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How Bones Are Built and Lost

Bones are complicated living tissue, not ossified shells around marrow like soup bones you bring home from the butcher. Bones are 35% latticed protein—an infrastructure known as the collagen matrix—and 65% mineralized collagen, which gives the bone its strength. Bone health depends on a give-and-take process, called remodeling. During this process, bone cells called osteoclasts travel […]

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