Looking Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D to Prevent Osteoporosis
Back in April 2013, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) announced that approximately 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and more than 48 million have low bone mass (indicated by T-scores between -1.0 and -2.5), placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones.
The study “The 2010 Burden of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass among Residents of the U.S. Age 50 and Older” was presented at NOF’s annual meeting, the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis 2013.
Bone Loss Continues to Soar
Assuming osteoporosis and low bone mass prevalence remain unchanged, the study projects that by 2020, an alarming 10.7 million adults will have osteoporosis and 58.2 million will have low bone mass. By 2030, the numbers are expected to increase to 11.9 million adults with osteoporosis and 64.3 million with low bone mass.
Unfortunately, the standard recommendations of getting more calcium and vitamin D into your diet, and adding weight bearing activities to your exercise routine, are only addressing part of the problem.
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You Need More Than Just Calcium and Vitamin D to Save Your Bones
You see, there are osteoblast cells inside your bones creating new bone, and osteoclast cells breaking down old bone so it can be swept away. But as we age, our production of osteoblast cells slows. As a result, the activity of the osteoblasts cannot keep up with the activity of the osteoclasts, and we begin to lose bone more rapidly.
To counteract this problem, doctors have historically told their patients to take calcium and vitamin D. But, while these nutrients help to shore up the outer bone, they do nothing for your osteoblast cells inside your bones, which is where the real problem lies.
The good news is research is finally beginning to look beyond calcium and vitamin D to identify new ways to address this awful disease.
You see, calcium and vitamin D are important in building and maintaining strong bones, but they are only a couple of several nutrients involved in maintaining bone density. It’s crucial that you balance the calcium and vitamin D you are taking in with magnesium, as well as other synergistic nutrients like vitamin K2, copper, boron and turmeric, to ensure that the calcium and vitamin D are effective.