Osteoporosis

Did you know that about 25 million people in the United States are effected by osteoporosis? Consider this … calcium consumption, especially from milk products, is often recommended to help prevent osteoporosis risk. However, over the past 50 years the prevalence of hip fractures has risen significantly worldwide. Fun fact: there are more fractures in regions that have a higher consumption of milk products – namely the U.S., U.K., Canada, and mainland Europe – than in those that don’t – like Africa and China.

The Nurses Study at Harvard University (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9224182) which followed 78,000 nurses for more than a dozen years, found that those who drink two or more glasses of milk per day have twice the risk of hip fracture than those who drink a glass a week or less. Why? Read on …

Our bones are made up of calcium phosphate salts (65%) for hardness and a collagen matrix (35%) for flexibility. Without the calcium in the bone, it will bend but not break when subjected to stress. But, if you remove the collagen, all that remains are the calcium salts, which will shatter when subjected to stress. This is why excess calcium may increase the risk of fracture. I am not to avoid calcium (we need it!) But our bodies also require a true entourage of nutrients working together for good bone health: magnesium, phosphorus, boron, copper, manganese, zinc – plus the vitamins C, D, K, B6, and folic acid. We also need protein to build collagen and healthful fats for vitamin D absorption and protection against bone-destroying free radicals.

Reference:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9149664

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