Nutrition / Research / September 12, 2012

For as long as I can remember, most people I’ve met are divided in 2 camps on the subject of vitamin supplements. One side is certain that vitamins are unnecessary, and are modern day placebos filled with snake oil. You’ll recognize them because they tend to say things like “ya can’t live forever!” and they all know someone who lived to 100 on a diet of moonshine, jerky and tobacco. The other is the ‘health nuts’ who are always popping the latest capsule, tincture or potion, all in the name of longevity. While not in their oxygen chamber, you’ll spot them filling recycled bags at Whole (Paycheck) Foods with bottles of supplements meant to cure ailments you’ve never heard of. ‘Heal thyself’ is their mantra, and will go near a hospital only under court order. Which side is right? Well,…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Exercise / Research / September 10, 2012

It is common knowledge that as we age we lose a percentage of muscle mass with every decade and our bones also become less dense if we do not take proper care through diet and exercise. However, little attention has been paid so far on how muscle mass affects the complexion of our skeletal system both in terms of internal and external microstructure. A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic has looked at this very aspect and put forth some very interesting findings that were published in the medical periodical titled, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). (1) According to lead researcher, Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic, “Our study adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the highly integrated nature…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / September 5, 2012

There is some good news for wine drinkers. If recent research from the University of Oregon is to be believed moderate consumption of wine on a regular basis benefits the bones and this is especially true for aging women who have crossed menopause. Apparently, a glass or two of wine works as well as certain anti-resorptive drugs at keeping the bones strong and from leading to the development of osteoporosis. However, make no mistake it is wine or beer and not any other form of alcohol that drives home the benefit to the thinning bones. Also, caution is to be practiced in terms of the amount of wine that is being consumed. Any more than a glass or two will do damage. Experts from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research took a look at the study conducted by the…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / August 30, 2012

It’s no secret that smoking is associated with cardiovascular diseases and other health conditions such as cancers of the lungs and esophagus but now there is a new study that points at smoking’s connection with osteoporosis. Though the link between the two is not new and had been brought to light almost two decades back, this new study throws light on exactly how cigarette smoke weakens the bones making them susceptible to fractures and osteoporosis. (1) The study was funded by Cancer and Smoking Related Disease Research Program and the Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Program. The findings of the study were published in the May issue of the ACS journal called Proteome Research. The report conclusively exhibited how smoking causes for greater production of two proteins both of which trigger the natural process in the body to break down…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Life Stages / August 16, 2012

I have twin daughters who are fourteen and like most teens, when they return home through summer they reach out for a chilled can of soda, Coke to be precise. They will have other options to choose from like chilled milk, orange juice, mango juice, lemonade but they will head for the one that does them least good. The only way I can get them to not have it at home is to not stock it, which is what I have done this summer. So they crib and complain but they are left with no choice but to go for that milk or juice. Talking to them about bone health this spring has also helped them understand the importance of long-term issues at hand at some level and this made them less resistant to the idea of not having any…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / August 10, 2012

Is there really a connection? As the field of scientific research probes further into the workings of osteoporosis, there emerge more unthought-of factors that play a critical role in the development of the condition. Which chemicals automatically come to your mind when you think of bone conditions like osteopenia or osteoporosis? Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus would be the common guesses. It is unlikely you or anyone would have chanced a guess on serotonin, the well-known and often talked about brain chemical. And yet there seems to exist an almost direct role of this hormone in maintaining our bone health. What is serotonin? To those who are unaware of serotonin, here’s a quick look into what this chemical is and does: Essentially it is a protein hormone that is available chiefly in two places in our body – our…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Prevention / July 10, 2012

Fluoride is — everywhere. Fluorine is a common element in the earth’s crust, so fluorides are naturally present in the soil, rocks, and water all throughout the world. In addition, fluorides are used in many industrial processes, for example, coal burning, oil refining, steel production, brick-making, and the production of phosphate fertilizers (yet another reason to go organic!). Our main sources of exposure to fluoride, however, are diet (food and water) and fluoride-containing dental products (e.g., toothpaste). Fluoride is found in higher concentrations in soft, alkaline, and calcium-deficient waters, and since the fluoride compounds that occur naturally in drinking water are almost totally bioavailable (90%), they are virtually all absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.(1),(7) Although fluoridation of community drinking water to prevent dental caries has been hailed by some as one of the ten most important “public health achievements of…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / June 21, 2012

In mid-May, the FDA finally took a position on the controversial bisphosphonates prescribed as treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. (1) Of late the bisphosphonates class of drugs had been gathering an increasing amount of evidence of dire side effects in long term usage scenarios such as  inflammatory eye diseases, osteonecrosis of the jaw, unusual fractures, irregular heartbeats as well as a steeped risk of esophageal and colon cancer. However, bone specialists had brushed these claims as rare and the possibilities of such occurrences ranging from anything between 1 in 10, 000 to 1 in 100,000 (2). In a report issued by the FDA, the agency clearly stated that medical practitioners ought to practice caution in prescribing bisphosphonates class of drugs to women for the management of osteoporosis especially in the long run. It also stated that if the drug…

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Exercise / Research / June 21, 2012

A five-year study conducted by the Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research at the Sahlgrenska Academy’s Institute of Medicine of University of Gothenburg in Sweden has clearly demonstrated that when it comes to protecting men’s bones, some sports have an edge over others. And which are the superior sports? Turns out that load-bearing sport such as basketball, volleyball, jogging, and soccer come out with flying colors in reducing a man’s risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. (1) The research observed the exercise habits and measured the areal bone mineral density of 800 healthy, young men ranging from the age of 18 to 20 years. Then five years on, they were approached again for measurements on bone mineral density as well as level and type of physical activity. The researchers found that in the duration, those of the men who…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / June 21, 2012

Findings emerging from an international study have shown as many as 32 new genetic regions linked to bone conditions like osteoporosis and easy occurrence of fractures. It was observed in this study that any variation in these 32 regions makes a person either more susceptible to weakening bones and subsequent development of osteoporosis or shields them against such conditions. (1) The findings which were published in the online medical journal Nature Genetics clearly shows the way to the development of new osteoporosis drugs. According to Dr. John Ioannidis, chief of the Stanford Prevention Research Center and one of the study’s authors and the methodological leader of the consortium, “We’re learning that the genetic architecture of disease is very complex.” (2) The risk of fractures of the femur (thigh bone) as well as that of lower back was linked to 6 specific…

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