Osteoporosis

Bones are comprised of protein and collagen, which gives the bone strength and flexibility.  Calcium provides the bone’s hardness. Osteoporosis is a bone disease where the bone mineral density including calcium, protein, and collagen are all decreased.  With the bone density being decreased, there is an increased risk for fracture and bone breakage.

Reasons for Osteoporosis

Sedentary Lifestyle

People who are not active will lose bone mass over the years.  Being less active will cause your muscles to decrease in size, causing less need for hard calcified bones.  Our bodies are efficient and will not maintain what it does not need.  “Use it or lose it.” Weight bearing exercise is necessary to retain good bone mass.

High Carbohydrate diets

High carbohydrate diets have been linked to osteoporosis.  High carbohydrate meals cause insulin levels to continually raise and drop.  As these levels continue to roller-coaster, the body has to make adaptions to keep the glucose under control.  This can also be an issue when people sleep at night and their glucose levels are not being fueled, the body begins to eat its own tissue including bone tissue.  Also, those who eat a high carbohydrate diet and decrease their calories will cause the body to break down muscle tissue and bone decreasing bone density and increasing risk for osteoporosis.

Food Sensitivities (Gluten)

Food sensitivities, gluten in particular, can cause one of two reactions in the body.  First, the body can react to the presence of the food allergen by incomplete digestion of that food and the others around it.  This can cause blood sugar levels to spike, followed by a rapid blood sugar decrease.  Unsteady blood glucose levels cause the body to attack its own tissue when necessary.  Second, food allergies can cause digestion issues leading to leaky gut.  This allows proteins to escape into the bloodstream allowing the inflammatory action in the body.  In order to protect itself, the body will begin to attack itself and break down any tissue including bone tissue.England research has societies have found such a high correlation between gluten sensitivity and  celiac disease that everyone with osteoporosis is being tested for gluten issues.

Adrenal Fatigue

A low blood sugar level in combination with adrenal fatigue is linked with adrenaline release in the middle of the night.  Adrenaline causes the body to need additional glucose and when it is not provided it will breakdown its own tissue to fuel the body’s needs.

Hormone Balance

Having balanced levels of hormones during menopause is important to decrease risk of osteoporosis. Having the correct levels of progesterone is essential for bone health.  Progesterone stimulates osteoblasts which increase bone density and growth.  Estogen stimulates osteoclasts which help prevent bone breakdown.  Using bioidentical replacement therapy during these years can aid in the balancing your hormones and help bone health along with other systems in your body.  (Contact Becca Walters for more information.)

References:

Gedgaudas, Nora CNS, CNT. “Primal Body Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life.” Healing Press Art. 2011. Vermont.

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