Osteoporosis Prevention

Today the Healthy Diet Podacst is about osteoporosis prevention. Who gets it and why and what you can do about preventing osteoporosis.

Show notes:

  • Researching Alan’s mother’s medications led us to discover the side effects of Fosamax, a drug used to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bone resulting in fractures. We have 1.5 million fractures each year in America – 300k are hip fractures.
  • Bones have cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts that continually remodel our bones. Osteoblasts build new bone and osteoclasts remove old bone. It’s a natural process.
  • Fosamax kills the osteoclasts, the cells that break down and remove bone. Manufacturer claims this makes bones stronger by preventing bone loss. Fosamax has lot of side effects such as stomach and digestive problems, eye problems and interferes with parathyroid hormone drugs. Also has lawsuits pending for jaw death.
  • Highest bone fracture rates occurs in countries like America, Australia and New Zealand who have high dairy intake.
  • Alaskan Eskimos have very high hip fracture rate – They eat lots of calcium (soft fish bones) but mainly through an animal protein and animal fat diet.
  • Women in India, Japan and Peru, who eat mainly an unrefined, vegetarian diet and consume only 300 mg/day have low rates of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
  • Ways to prevent bone loss naturally are to create an alkaline body system. Avoid foods that create an acid system which causes calcium to leach from bones. Avoid caffeine because it promotes calcium excretion. Avoid animal protein because it causes calcium leaching due to creating an acid body system.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, especially dark leafy green veggies. Get adequate Vitamin D (hormone) because it’s as important to bone health as calcium. Body makes Vitamin D when exposed to adequate sunlight each day.
  • Get Vitamin K (leafy green veggies) which plays a role in bone formation and calcium regulation.
  • Exercise is one of primary ways to prevent osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise signals the bone to keep building and remodeling.
  • Great article on calcium and milk at Harvard School of Public Health
  • The answer to many health problems is eat healthy (i.e. whole food, largely raw diet) and exercise.

Alan

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