Nutrition / Research / Vitamin D3 / May 8, 2012

Study conducted at the Children’s Hospital Boston showed some surprising results when Kendrin R. Sonneville, Sc.D., R.D and his colleagues examined the relation between risk of stress fractures in growing girls and their intake of calcium, Vitamin D and/or dairy products. (4) Stress fractures usually occur due to overuse of a particular bone or set of bones. In other words, they arise out of repeated strain on a bone. Stress fractures are incomplete fractures and occur when muscles become fatigued due to overuse/repeat movement without adequate rest and recovery. These muscles are unable to absorb shock of the movement and transfer the repeat stress overload to the bones which develop microscopic cracks or fractures. They most commonly occur in the lower leg and feet. High impact physical activities such as running on hard surfaces, tennis, squash, basketball put one to…

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Nutrition / Research / Strontium / May 8, 2012

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has issued cautionary advice to doctors on prescribing strontium ranelate, sold under brand names Osseor or Protelos by Les Labaratoires Servier, to those who are immobilised, have or run the risk of venous thromboembolism. The warning prohibits doctors from prescribing this strontium ranelate to such patients. Venous thromboembolism is a deadly condition that occurs in those who have been admitted to hospitals for long and even those at home who are immobile due to any health condition. It includes both pulmonary embolism as well as deep vein thrombosis. Strontium ranelate is used in the treatment of osteoporosis in premenopausal women so that they run a lower risk of hip or spinal fractures. Strontium ranelate has dual function in that it increases the production of bone forming cells osteoblast and reduces osteoclast production or cells that…

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Nutrition / April 19, 2012

If you are not among those who are allergic to soy or have been diagnosed as having hypothyroidism, soy foods can be a great addition to your bone-building diet. Not only are soy foods excellent sources of magnesium and vitamin K1 (plus many are fortified with calcium), but they contain active compounds called isoflavones – genistein and ipriflavone, specifically — that greatly help lessen the activation of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. Genistein improves the RANKL/OPG Ratio What’s the RANKL/OPG ratio? To explain this, we need to take a little trip “behind the scenes” for a look at these two molecules, one of which, RANKL, initiates a series of events that results in the production of osteoclasts ready to remove old bone, and another one, OPG, that shuts down this process. When RANKL, which stands for receptor activator…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin D3 / February 14, 2012

A study on menopausal women in Europe has scientists reveal that as high as 70% of women in this category have low Vitamin D levels. The dip in percentage is very significant and has shocked the European medical fraternity.  This especially so because the percentage is seeing a steady dip without a reversing trend despite increased awareness among women in the last decade over the importance of Vitamin D and it’s bearing on bone health. As per the experts, a good level to be aimed at by menopausal women would be over 30 ng/ml (or nanograms per millilitre). This is also corroborated by the recommendation made by the Office of Dietary Supplements on Vitamin D. They clearly state that persons are potentially at risk for inadequacy at levels ranging from 12–20 ng/mL and that all people are sufficient at levels…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin D3 / January 10, 2012

A recent study conducted by the orthopaedic surgeons at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that those spinal fusion surgery patients who were deficient in Vitamin D before the surgery had a long recovery phase. Spinal fusion surgery is a major surgery that is usually recommended to remove the spinal canal of bone and tissue material obstructing/narrowing the canal or squeezing the spinal cord. The surgery lasts several hours and is also prescribed to correct fractures of the spine and treat herniated discs, tumors etc. (1) The findings of the Washington University School of Medicine were presented in the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society. The study had examined 313 spinal fusion surgery patients and found that more than 50% of them had low Vitamin D levels that made the recovery phase for…

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Nutrition / Research / Strontium / January 10, 2012

Osteopenia and osteoporosis patients are often confused when their doctor recommends Strontium for them. Patients then typically read up information about Strontium, come across sensational write ups that misinform and create fear for Strontium.  Doctors usually prescribe either of the two variants Strontium ranelate or Strontium citrate. After doing some of their own spade work, patients then begin to wonder why they were not prescribed the other form. First let’s begin by dispelling the fear of Strontium. Strontium is a naturally occurring silvery white or yellowish mineral found in the soil. People who consume organic and farm produce usually get enough of this mineral and do not require Strontium supplements. In it’s natural state Strontium is a stable metal element of alkaline nature (atomic weight 38). It is non toxic and non-radioactive. It’s man-made isotope Strontium (atomic weight 90) is radioactive. Like…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / December 13, 2011

Americans spend $27 billion on dietary supplements, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and supplement use is on the rise.  According to the CDC between 1988 and 1994 one third of the population took a supplement.  By 2006, over half the population was taking a supplement. In women over aged 60, calcium supplement usage has increased exponentially.  Between 1988-1994 only 28% of women aged 60+ were taking calcium, but between 2003 and 2006 that percentage had grown to 61%. Supplements can be an excellent way to fill in dietary gaps and imbalances, as long as they are high quality.  Buying the cheapest supplement on the shelf will likely backfire, as many nutritional supplements use the lowest cost ingredients, or are lacking the necessary co-factors for absorption. The cheapest calcium supplement at the drugstore will probably be a form of calcium that is not…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / December 13, 2011

Overweight and obese premenopausal women who are on severe diets can now draw hope from the recent findings which show that increasing the proportion of dairy foods in their diet could keep their calorie count low and yet not affect their bone health adversely. Studies on bone mass conducted several years ago showed that a higher body weight contributed towards greater bone mass and so when persons go on diet to curb weight gain or reduce weight, they compromise their bone health. Though effects of factors such as dairy intake (for calcium and protein) and exercise on bone health were individually studied independent of each other, there were no cases that observed their combined effect on overweight and obese premenopausal women. Now, a new study conducted by the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario has a report which has been accepted…

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