The Deadly Consequences of Osteoporosis

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As many as 28 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which is a condition of weakened bones caused by the loss of calcium. In the United States, 80% of those with the disease are women. The majority of people with the condition are unaware of it until a pathologic fracture occurs. According to WebMD, these fractures are occurring at an alarming 1.5 million annually. These fractures include 300,000 hip, 700,000 vertebral (spine), 250,000 wrist, and 300,000 fractures at other sites.

Statistics posted at the website state that 50,000 people die each year due to osteoporosis and related complications. Below are some recommendations that you should begin immediately to reduce your risk of bone density loss and osteoporosis.

First, avoid soft drinks as they contain very high amounts of sugar and phosphorus. Teenagers drink 3 to 4 cans of soda per day, and the average American drinks 56 gallons of pop per year. Phosphorus chemically bonds to calcium and leaches it from your body, which eventually weakens the bones.

Second, avoid drinking too much milk. Current studies show that due to the high phosphate content, milk also leaches the body of calcium. In addition, milk has more calcium than magnesium—this creates a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for regulating the hormones that move calcium into the bones. When a magnesium deficiency exists, calcium is more likely to be deposited in the soft tissues where it can lead to more arthritis and arteriosclerosis.

Third, supplement with highly absorbable forms of calcium such as calcium citrate and calcium malate. Forms of calcium such as the inexpensive calcium carbonate and oxide are poorly absorbed by the gut and virtually worthless. The last recommendation is regular resistance exercise such as weight training. This is the primary stimulus for the body to put calcium into the bones.

Supplementation without exercise provides minimal benefits. If you have questions about osteoporosis, ask your doctor of chiropractic or call Dr. Noble Allman, Chiropractic Physician at (513) 727-2540. You can also reach us at and


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