Focusing on improving your bone density or on a single treatment option can sometimes lead people to forget that bone health involves the whole body. Good bone health is a whole-body effort, involving the lungs, stomach, liver, and kidneys. When one system in unhealthy, it can trigger a series of events that may increase bone loss and put you at greater risk for developing osteoporosis. The cycle almost always begins with the kidneys.View Thread
The Food and Drug Administration has just issued what's called a Medwatch Alert warning that Epidural Steroid Injections or "ESIs" for back and neck pain can be extremely dangerous. The alert says: "Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death."
The steroids used in epidural steroid injections are FDA-approved only for your muscles and joints, but the FDA has never approved the injections for the spine, hip or other areas. Use of ESIs for anything other than muscles and joints is called "off-label use" — meaning that it never underwent an official study to make sure it's safe and effective.
While low back pain can be a problem of the joints, ligaments and muscles, it is also a signal of low bone density.
Bone density measurement may be performed to evaluate for osteoporosis, and there are other preventative measures and alternatives to ESIs. The Food and Drug Administration has just issued what's called a Medwatch Alert warning that Epidural Steroid Injections or "ESIs" for back and neck pain can be extremely dangerous. The alert says: "Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death." - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/osteoporosis/c/472341/169016/medwatch-injections#sthash.JF40kqb5.dpufThe Food and Drug Administration has just issued what's called a Medwatch Alert warning that Epidural Steroid Injections or "ESIs" for back and neck pain can be extremely dangerous. The alert says: "Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death." - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/osteoporosis/c/472341/169016/medwatch-injections#sthash.JF40kqb5.dpufView Thread
Thanks for raising some important issues. Early bone growth requires a well-balanced diet and a healthy living environment. Bone mass builds fastest during the 'growth spurt' stage of adolescence, so it's a critical age that can determine bone health as an adult. In addition to congenital disorders, poor exercise habits, and nutritional deficiencies (mots common) - another concerning factor of bone loss is early steroid use.View Thread
Osteoporosis is not just a life-threatening condition in elderly individuals. Increasingly, it is striking younger patients who have a host of other medical problems, partly because many of today's "miracle drugs" are robbing nutrients from their bones.
Chronic disease and medication can interfere with the way the body naturally breaks down and rebuilds bone tissue, and how well it absorbs bone-building nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and silicon.
Osteoporosis is commonly diagnosed following a fracture (which is already far too late), and now bone health experts are calling for greater efforts to identify patients earlier who are at risk of this secondary osteoporosis.
Secondary osteoporosis is increasingly being diagnosed in younger patients with cancer, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as in people taking reflux medications, blood thinners and some depression drugs. As well as in people who had bariatric surgery for weight loss, and those receiving hormonal treatments to prevent the recurrence of breast or prostate cancer.
Medicines for anxiety and depression or medicines for acid reflux can interfere with bone formation in a number of ways. Cortisone for asthma as a child or adult, diabetes, gluten sensitivity and a whole host of common disorders interfere with bone formation. These causes are in addition to natural bone loss that occurs with age.
Bone mass reaches a peak at age 30 and declines with age. Teenagers and young women who had unhealthy eating habits, exercised too little or too much are setting themselves up for more severe bone problems as they age. Just a 10% increase in peak bone mass in your 30s can delay the onset of osteoporosis by ten years. For women, menopause accelerates the process (men lag about 10 year behind) and both suffer bone loss that can be debilitating and deadly.
Moderate amounts of impact exercises and proper nutrition with healthy foods and supplements are the best way to prevent osteoporosis.View Thread
All persons taking strontium supplements are warned that significant risks have been identified. Strontium drugs are not approved for treatment of osteoporosis in the United States. Now, the Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency recommended that strontium should no longer be used to treat osteoporosis in Europe. The drugs Protelos/Osseor were specifically named as brand names for strontium ranelate.
Strontium citrate is commonly used in over-the-counter bone health supplements in the United States. American consumers should be especially concerned because more strontium is taken into the body from strontium citrate than from a similar amount of Protelos/Osseor. The European Agency noted excessive numbers of serious heart problems (including heart attacks) along with blood clots or blockages of blood vessels.
The report went on to state, "In addition, Protelos/Osseor is associated with a number of other risks, such as serious skin reactions, disturbances in consciousness, seizures (fits), liver inflammation and reduced number of blood cells."
Numerous supplements contain strontium with the claim that strontium is "natural" because it is found in vegetables and foods that are consumed by humans. However, strontium is not required by the body for any normal function, and humans can be perfectly healthy without strontium. Note that heavy metals also may occur naturally in foods, but should not be consumed by humans. Now, it appears that strontium should join the list of substances that should be avoided for human consumption in amounts that affect bone health.
A prior fracture as early as your 20's almost doubles your risk of a secondary fracture. A fracture is any break in the continuity of the bone — whether it is cracked, splintered, or shattered and separated.View Thread
Physicians are aware of the benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplementation. However, additional nutritional components mayalso be important for bone health. There is a growing body of the scientific literature which recognizes that silicon plays an essentialrole in bone formation and maintenance. Silicon improves bone matrix quality and facilitates bone mineralization. Increased intakeof bioavailable silicon has been associated with increased bone mineral density. Silicon supplementation in animals and humanshas been shown to increase bone mineral density and improve bone strength. Dietary sources of bioavailable silicon include wholegrains, cereals, beer, and some vegetables such as green beans. Silicon in the form of silica, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), is a commonfood additive but has limited intestinal absorption. More attention to this important mineral by the academic community may leadto improved nutrition, dietary supplements, and better understanding of the role of silicon in the management of postmenopausalosteoporosis.View Thread
Osteoporosis and low bone mineral density affect millions of Americans. The majority of adults in North America have insufficient intake of vitamin D and calcium along with inadequate exercise. Physicians are aware that vitamin D, calcium and exercise are essential for maintenance of bone health. Physicians are less likely to be aware that dietary insufficiencies of magnesium, silicon, Vitamin K, and boron are also widely prevalent, and each of these essential nutrients is an important contributor to bone health. In addition, specific nutritional factors may improve calcium metabolism and bone formation. It is the authors' opinion that nutritional supplements should attempt to provide ample, but not excessive, amounts of factors that are frequently insufficient in the typical American diet. In contrast to dietary insufficiencies, several nutrients that support bone health are readily available in the average American diet. These include zinc, manganese, and copper which may have adverse effects at higher levels of intake. Some multivitamins and bone support products provide additional quantities of nutrients that may be unnecessary or potentially harmful. The purpose of this paper is to identify specific nutritional components of bone health, the effects on bone, the level of availability in the average American diet, and the implications of supplementation for each nutritional component. A summary of recommended dietary supplementation is included.View Thread