Definition of Osteoporosis:

A disease in which bone tissue becomes porous and brittle.  The disease primarily affects postmenopausal women.

Topics Related to Osteoporosis

Aerobic Exercise Need

...the condition
“...increased heart rate; weak physical strength; bone loss / reduced bone density (lack of weight-bearing exercise plays a role in osteoporosis); low self-esteem; depression; high cholesterol; increased risk of arthritis; Moving our bodies requires energy that comes from the food we eat...”
...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of suffering from osteoporosis later in life...”
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Alcohol Consumption

...as a treatment
“...Sensible drinking also appears to be beneficial in reducing or preventing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of...”

Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...Typical symptoms include ... Osteoporosis (weakening or loss of bone mass)...”

Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

...the condition
“...Other possible consequences of extreme weight loss include osteoporosis, infertility, heart damage, and not having menstrual periods...”
...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“The common medical complications of anorexia/starvation include osteoporosis.”

Bone Density Scan

...as a treatment
“These tests measure the mineral density in bones and can provide a diagnosis of osteoporosis before the bones become so weak that they break...”

Bone Scan

...as a treatment
“...One tests bone density and is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle...”


...as a treatment
“...Boron, while not a common supplemental ingredient, is found in several multi-vitamin mineral as well as osteoporosis support formulas...”

Breast Cancer

...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“Chemotherapy given to women with early-stage breast cancer causes their bone density to decline at a faster rate than previously known, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.  Scientists at Ohio State University said they were surprised to find that 35 pre-menopausal women treated with chemotherapy experienced up to an 8 percent loss in bone density after 12...”

Caffeine Intoxication

...the condition
“...Excessive intakes of caffeine contribute to osteoporosis and may interact negatively with prescription medications...”

Calcium Requirement

...the condition
“...Some research has indicated that vegetarian women are at less risk of osteoporosis than are omnivorous women...”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone)

...as a treatment
“...pesticides, drinking water "decontaminated" by chlorine, drinking water containing parasites, the use of hormones in young women as contraception and in menopausal women as a means of preventing osteoporosis and heart disease, the use of steroid hormones to combat chronic inflammatory diseases, and the use of toxic chemotherapies to combat cancer...”

Change In Clothing Habits

...as a treatment
“...Research has suggested an inverse relationship between solar exposure and osteoporosis, colon cancer, breast cancer, and even the most deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma...”

Chronic Inflammation

...recommendation NSAIDs
“Although they are sometimes necessary, long-term use of the more dangerous antiinflammatory drugs, such as prednisone, can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, or even death.”

Cigarette Smoke Damage

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“The evidence is overwhelming: smoking boosts bone loss and is therefore a risk factor for osteoporosis and for bone fractures in general.”

Consequences of Poor Diet

...the condition
“...The annual economic impact of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. exceeds $80 billion, that of obesity exceeds $86 billion, osteoporosis $10 billion for care alone, cancer $104 billion, and cataract surgery $4 billion...”


...as a treatment
“...Anyone who is taking corticosteroids and has any of the symptoms listed below should check with the physician who prescribed the medicine as soon as possible ... Bone disease such as osteoporosis, especially in older women...”

Dairy Products Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...to compete with the dairy message which infers that no other foods contain the calcium contained in milk, and without milk and dairy products you're certain to one day end up with bone-crippling osteoporosis.  One should take a minute and think about where cows get their calcium from – the same calcium that not only builds their large bones but is also in the gallons of milk that they produce...”


...as a treatment
“...are some excellent articles on the prevention of cancer, arteriosclerosis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, hypercholesterolemia, depression, and osteoporosis.  DHEA can improve sexual function, increase weight loss in the overweight, and may also help reduce the sugar-lowering medication requirement in diabetes...”

Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet

...the condition
“...review of the safety of low carbohydrate diets reeled off an alarming list of potential problems: "Complications such as heart arrhythmias, cardiac contractile function impairment, sudden death, osteoporosis, kidney damage, increased cancer risk, impairment of physical activity and lipid [cholesterol] abnormalities can all be linked to long-term restriction of carbohydrates in the diet...”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Ulcerative Colitis
“...Those suffering from IBD have a much higher risk of both thromboses and osteoporosis.  Because elevated blood homocysteine levels are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis and thrombosis, a team of researchers from McGill University in Montreal explored the...”
...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“Elevated homocysteine levels disrupt collagen-forming processes in the body and raise the likelihood of developing osteoporosis.”

Estrogen Replacement

...as a treatment
“...The process in which the bones become weak and brittle is called osteoporosis.  Collapse of the vertebrae in elderly women can occur because of the thin, weak bones...”

Excess Protein Consumption

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“High protein intakes may lead to loss of calcium, leading in turn to the development of osteoporosis.”

Fish Oils

...as a treatment
“...Some, but not all, studies suggest that fish oil and GLA taken along with calcium may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis.  Typical dosages of fish oil are 3 to 9gm daily, but this is not the upper limit...”

Fluoride Toxicity

...the condition
“...Fluorosis The disease known as crippling skeletal fluorosis develops in stages, with phase two described as chronic joint pain, dose-related calcification of ligaments, osteosclerosis, and possible osteoporosis.  Phase three includes "crippling deformities of the spine and major joints...”

Folic Acid

...as a treatment
“...Treatment of various blood diseases, osteoporosis, and atherosclerosis has been supported with folic acid...”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“Folate (folic acid) and the B-vitamins involved in homocysteine conversion (such as B12 and B6) may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis because high levels of homocysteine are implicated in chronic diseases such as osteoporosis.”


...as a treatment
“...Germanium deficiency is not recognized but is usually characterized by conditions such as infection, heart disease, increased cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis and immune disorders...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...A Fibromyalgia diagnosis; An autoimmune arthritis diagnosis (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjogren's); Bone pain; Growing pains; Osteoporosis or osteopenia; Metabolism, Reproductive and Hormonal Symptoms Fatigue; Inability to lose weight; Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; Infertility; History of miscarriage or...”


...as a treatment
“...Rarer side-effects include alopecia and osteoporosis with chronic use...”


...the condition
“...Some of the symptoms include ... Osteoporosis...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...specific to men include: Development of breast tissue; Breast tenderness; Erectile dysfunction; Infertility; Loss of muscle mass; Decreased sex drive; Decreased body hair growth; Hot flashes; Osteoporosis; Increased difficulty concentrating; Hormonal imbalances in adolescents can result in delayed puberty...”

Horsetail Grass

...as a treatment
“...cancer-skin, circulatory problems, cirrhosis, edema, fracture, hair loss, heart disease, inflammation, intertrigo, kidney ailments, Lyme disease, muscle cramps, nail problems, obesity-diuretic tea, osteoporosis, Paget's disease, prostatitis, rickets, skin-oily, skin-wrinkles, sport injuries, sunburn.”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Being over the age of 65; Chronic health conditions often associated with hydrochloric acid deficiency include: Asthma; Allergies; Thyroid problems; Acne; Eczema; Lupus; Psoriasis; Gastritis; Osteoporosis; The most common signs and symptoms of HCl deficiency include: Bloating; Nausea and vomiting; Heartburn; Feeling full as soon as you start eating; Excess gas; Loss of taste for meat; Bad...”


...the condition
“...oily, tough skin; skin pigmentation changes – darker or lighter; excessive hair growth in females; high blood pressure; goiter (enlarged thyroid); kyphosis or loss of disc spaces of the spine; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis), through laboratory findings (growth hormone level is high, even when patient receives glucose load; diabetes occurs in 30% of cases; elevated IGF-1; elevated prolactin...”


...the condition
“...The more serious complications of prolonged, untreated, or improperly treated Grave's disease include weakened heart muscle leading to heart failure, osteoporosis, or possible severe emotional disorders.”
...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“Untreated hyperthyroidism accelerates bone resorption, reduces bone density, and over time increases the risk of osteoporosis.”

Hypogonadism, Male

...the condition
“...by a pituitary failure or pituitary-hypothalamic injury from tumors, trauma, or radiation; characterized by low serum testosterone levels, but with gonadotropins in the normal or low range ... Osteoporosis...”


...the condition
“...Gonadotropin Deficiency Women develop ovarian suppression with irregular periods or absence of periods (amenorrhea), infertility, decreased libido, decreased vaginal secretions, breast atrophy, and osteoporosis.  Blood levels of estradiol are low...”


...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“People with hypothyroidism can develop osteoporosis if they are taking too much thyroid hormone.”


...as a treatment
“...Osteoporosis: A good source of easy to assimilate calcium is Kelp (10 tablets daily...”

Lactose Intolerance

...the condition
“... Osteoporosis.  "Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fractures ... metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion...”

Low Back Pain

...the condition
“...diagnostic work is not necessary for acute back pain unless there are red flags such as ... Possible fracture (following major trauma, or minor trauma in older patients or patients who may have osteoporosis)...”

Low DHEA Level

...the condition
“...Women with low DHEA values were 40 times more likely to have osteoporosis than were women with normal DHEA levels...”

Low Male Testosterone Level

...the condition
“...Low testosterone is associated with increased risk of many conditions, including heart disease, depression, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cognitive impairment, osteoporosis, cancer...”


...as a treatment
“...Stones, Menstrual cramps, High blood pressure, Hyperactivity, Glucose intolerance – diabetes and hypoglycemia, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Prevention of hearing loss, Kidney stones, Leg cramps, Migraine, Osteoporosis, PMS and Prostate health...”
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Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...Magnesium and osteoporosis.  Magnesium deficiency may be a risk factor for postmenopausal osteoporosis...”


...as a treatment
“...Manganese is also required for proper bone and cartilage formation and some reports have shown that women with osteoporosis tend to have low blood manganese levels...”

Manganese Requirement

...the condition
“...heart disorders, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, irritability, memory loss, muscle contractions, pancreatic damage, profuse perspiration, rapid pulse, tooth-grinding, tremors, fatigue, and osteoporosis.  Manganese deficiency symptoms include...”


...the condition
“...When too many mast cells are present in the body, the chemicals that they release can cause ... Decreased bone density or increased bone density (osteoporosis or osteosclerosis)...”

Muscular Dystrophy

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“People with muscular dystrophy can develop osteoporosis due to lack of mobility and steroid treatments.”

Neck Arthritis

...the condition
“...While cervical arthritis tends to affect men more often than women, its symptoms may be similar to those produced by two conditions seen more frequently in women: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.  Symptoms of cervical arthritis may include...”

Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures

...the condition
“...Bone density measurement – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women aged 65 and older be screened routinely for osteoporosis.  The USPSTF recommends that routine screening begin at age 60 for women at increased risk for osteoporotic fractures...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“"The silent crippler", as osteoporosis is often called, sneaks up on its victims and, without any pain, gradually causes bones to become more porous and fragile...”
...our question about How much coffee you drink
“Drinking too much coffee increases risk of osteoporosis.  A study of 84,484 patients showed a correlation between bone fractures and heavy coffee consumption.”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“Individuals with osteoporosis sometimes have low blood levels of manganese...”
...relationship to Acidosis
“...Chronic leeching of calcium from the bones increases the likelihood of osteoporosis...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“Some 30% of men with spinal osteoporosis have long-standing testosterone deficiency, and one-third of men with testosterone deficiency have subnormal bone density that puts them at risk of fractures.”
...recommendation Calcium
“...Calcium supplements for osteoporosis should contain other minerals as well, or the form of calcium used should have been proven to be of benefit...”
...recommendation Diuretics
“Some diuretics are useful against osteoporosis: Thiazides lower urinary calcium excretion, resulting in a positive calcium balance and increased bone mineral density and a reduction in fracture rates due to osteoporosis...”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“...Summarizing this study, the Lunar Osteoporosis Update (November 1997) explained: "This increased risk of hip fracture was associated with dairy calcium...”
...recommendation Natural Progesterone
“...A three year study of 63 post-menopausal women using progesterone cream for osteoporosis found an average of 7-8% bone mass density increase the first year, 4-5% the second year and 3-4% the third year.”
...recommendation Reduced Protein Diet
“After looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis including the United States, Sweden, and Finland are those in which people consume the most meat, milk, and other animal foods...”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“Folate (folic acid) and the B-vitamins involved in homocysteine conversion (such as B12 and B6) may be beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis because high levels of homocysteine are implicated in chronic diseases such as osteoporosis.”
...recommendation Vitamin K
“Not enough vitamin K in the system is a predisposing risk factor for osteoporosis.  New research has shown that this little known vitamin is the key to calcium balance in the body.”
...recommendation Bone Density Scan
“...As valuable as bone scan results can be in the definitive diagnosis of osteoporosis, the evaluation cannot be performed often enough for patients who are losing bone at a rapid rate...”

Poor Bone Health

...the condition
“...Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is the most common bone disorder encountered in clinical practice, according to an October 1997 report by Mayo Clinic researchers...”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.”

Poor Musculoskeletal Health

...the condition
“...Many health benefits are associated with musculoskeletal fitness, such as reduced coronary risk factors, increased bone mineral density (reduced risk of osteoporosis), increased flexibility, improved glucose tolerance, and greater success in completion of activities of daily living...”
...our question about Height loss
“...An aging spine can also become more curved, and vertebrae can collapse (compression fracture) due to loss of bone density (osteoporosis).  Loss of muscle in the torso can also contribute to stooped posture...”

Postmenopausal Issues

...the condition
“...These changes include serious health conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation Calcium
“...A pregnant woman who fails to consume adequate calcium -1,200mg per day is recommended – increases her risk of developing osteoporosis later in life, especially if she becomes pregnant again...”

Premature Hair Graying

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“...In an earlier report, doctors in Maine showed that people with gray hair by age 40 are 4.4 times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Estrogen's role in osteoporosis is only a minor one...”

Protein Deficiency

...the condition
“...Chronic kidney failure; Increased risk of muscle loss, falling, slow bone healing, bone weakness, fractures and osteoporosis.  Protein is required for calcium absorption and bone metabolism...”

Raw Food Diet

...as a treatment
“...Most of the women suffered menstrual irregularities and half of the women lost their menstrual periods altogether, which could lead to devastating osteoporosis.  Further, the sample consisted of modern urban people with relatively low activity levels who had access to high-quality, high-calorie produce from around the world year-round...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...relationship to Low DHEA Level
“DHEA levels have been found to be low in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a condition frequently associated with osteoporosis.  In a study of 49 postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis, DHEA levels (measured as DHEA-S) were significantly lower than in healthy controls...”
...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“According to researchers, women with rheumatoid arthritis have up to double the risk of developing osteoporosis and those who use steroid drugs to help control the arthritis are at an even higher risk of bone loss...”
...recommendation DHEA
“The incidence of osteoporosis is elevated in women with rheumatoid arthritis...”

Silicon / Silica

...as a treatment
“...While nutritional deficiencies are rare, silicon is often added to supplement products that are specifically intended for bone health or osteoporosis.  Antagonists include alcoholic beverages, tobacco (nicotine), cola drinks, most soft drinks (other than natural juices), coffee and tea (caffeinated and decaffeinated), chocolate (cocoa)...”

Soy Isoflavones

...as a treatment
“...Isoflavones can fight osteoporosis by stimulating bone formation and inhibiting bone resorption...”


...as a treatment
“...Although it is the main male sex hormone, it plays key roles in both males and females such as enhancing libido, energy, and immune function, and protecting against osteoporosis.  On average, an adult male's body produces about twenty times the amount of testosterone that an adult female's body does...”

Thyroid Medications

...as a treatment
“...If one suspects hyperthyroidism, one should get the TSH level to document this abnormal state, since taking excess or not-needed thyroid hormones could cause osteoporosis.  If one takes thyroid, a repeat TSH should be done in three to six weeks and if this level is still high, a higher dose of thyroid is prescribed...”

Tooth Loss

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“Those with osteoporosis are 3 times more likely to experience tooth loss, according to the National Institutes of Health...”

Ulcerative Colitis

...the condition
“...cause secondary problems outside of the colon such as arthritis, inflammation of the eye (posterior uveitis), liver disease (fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis), osteoporosis, skin rashes, anemia, kidney stones, carcinoma of the colon, and decreased growth, development, and failure to thrive in children...”
...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“Scientists believe osteoporosis may occur when the immune system triggers inflammation in other parts of the body...”

Vegetarian Diet Consequences

...the condition
“...Excess protein has been linked to kidney stones, osteoporosis, and possibly heart disease and some cancers...”


...as a treatment
“...People with osteoporosis, low potassium levels and those taking potassium-lowering medications should use caution.”

Weight Loss

...as a treatment
“...The reduction in vitamin D and calcium absorption can cause osteoporosis and other bone disease...”

Weight Training

...as a treatment
“...It can also help gain weight, maintain lean body mass, decrease the risk of osteoporosis, develop coordination and balance and prevent injuries resulting from weak muscles...”

Werners Syndrome

...the condition
“...People with WS develop a vast array of age-related diseases including arteriosclerosis, malignant neoplasms, cancer, type II diabetes mellitus, ocular cataracts and osteoporosis in early adult life.”


...as a treatment
“...Osteoporosis: X-rays can be used to measure bone density and, over time, determine how fast it is changing...”
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