Osteoporosis is much more common in women than men. In most females' diets, a deficiency begins at about age 35. It will become twice as bad by menopause. To prevent osteoporosis, young and middle aged women (and men) should be encouraged to take calcium. What is crazy is that most adults don't even get 800 mg. of calcium each day. The average is 600 mg or less.
Can bones be remineralised in old age? The test of this theory is simply to give more
calcium and vitamin D. It has been done, and it works.
Over a period of six months, an average of just under 1,200 mg of calcium daily plus vitamin D improved bone density in osteoporotic women over 70 years of age.
Then, in June 1984, it was reported that 1,800 mg of calcium given daily to post-menopausal women (that is 1,000 mg more than their RDA) did even better. This study more than doubled the RDA of calcium. How long did it take to achieve significant results? Would you believe eight days?
Oestrogen does not make bones stronger. As a matter of fact, oestrogen administration will cause a marked reduction in bone remodelling rates, which may actually increase the risk of fracture.
Probably 90% of all fractures past age 60 are due to osteoporosis.
Calcium therapy can save lives as well as bones.
1. Limit your intake of alcohol, protein and caffeine.
High intakes of alcohol, caffeine and protein cause significant negative calcium
70% of elderly hospitalisations in 1991 were for alcohol related problems. Outside of inadequate diet, alcohol is the most likely silent partner there is in osteoporosis and resulting fractures.
Caffeine is found in many soft drinks and diet aids as well as in extra-strength pain
Eat less meat, or none at all, and the risk of osteoporosis declines. Vegetables and of course dairy products are good sources of calcium.
Exercise helps build bone. Walking is ideal, but whatever exercise program you will actually do regularly is the best for you.
3. Take boron, a trace mineral, which helps strengthen bone.
Even calcium deficient rats had vertebrae that contained higher calcium content and required more force to break than the vertebrae of rats fed a low boron diet.
Urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium is higher when either rats or humans are boron deficient. How much boron do we need to help prevent osteoporosis? Probably between 0.5 and 3 mg daily.
4. Eat a diet of natural, organically grown, mineral-rich foods.
This makes stronger bones and speeds healing of broken ones.
5. Stop smoking.
Cigarette smoking is a known risk factor in osteoporosis.
6. Take Calcium, Magnesium and Boron