Bone Healthy Living / Nutrition / October 14, 2011

Reclast is a Novartis drug from the bisphosphonate family (chemical name: zoledronic acid or zoledronate) that prevents the release of calcium from bones, thus reducing the rate of bone mass deterioration, especially in post-menopausal women. The chemical is also sold under the brand name Zometa. It is prescribed for men to help increase their bone mass and is especially recommended in persons who will be on any steroid combination for over a year as a part of their osteoporosis management program. (1) Now there is sufficient evidence that Reclast raises the risk for kidney failure in osteoporosis patients especially if they already have kidney impairment or suffer from severe dehydration. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone further to warn such patients as those on potentially kidney-damaging medications or diuretics while they are being given Reclast. Though the…

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Bone Healthy Living / Research / October 14, 2011

There is now evidence through studies that a complete removal or radical surgery of the kidney points at the increased possibility of bone brittleness later at life, especially for women in their senior years. Researchers from the San Diego School of Medicine, University of California are now suggesting that it is important for doctors to evaluate the possibility of pursuing a kidney-sparing surgery in an effort to preserve kidney function and to reduce the risk of bone fractures later in life including the risk of developing osteoporosis. (1) It is believed that though radical nephrectomy (surgery of the kidneys) is an easier procedure to perform, it is loaded with more complications in the post-operative phase, such as metabolic complications including metabolic acidosis, muscle wasting, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and death. (2) Carcinoma of kidney cells is a commonly diagnosed urological malignancy…

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Magnesium / Nutrition / Research / October 14, 2011

As per Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Director of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association, the benefits that can be had from taking calcium (through diet or supplements) to improve and maintain good bone health can be impaired without a corresponding adequate intake of magnesium. In short, there is a fascinating link between magnesium deficiency and osteoporosis As per her, a 1:1 ratio for calcium-magnesium is necessary to reap the benefits of calcium intake for bone health. It is believed that magnesium keeps the calcium dissolved in the blood which without the former (magnesium) would calcify leaving deposits in the kidney causing stones or even calcification of cardiovascular arteries and bone joints. (1) Dr. Dean clearly outlined the magnesium-Vitamin D-calcium relationship that is so important for optimal absorption and metabolism of calcium. She was quoted as saying,…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin D3 / October 14, 2011

Vitamin D is a prohormone of the secosteroid type. It acts as a precursor to what makes a hormone or is a hormone prototype, if you will. Usually exposure to sunlight helps our body (skin in particular) to synthesize Vitamin D. The epidermal layers of Stratum basale and Stratum Spinosum produce maximum amount of a particular type of a pre-vitamin D3. It is fat-soluble in nature. So how is Vitamin D and bone health related? Vitamin D is metabolised by the liver and the kidneys and is converted to a hormone called Calcitonin. Calcitrol ensures that there is enough calcium in the blood to help form bones, teeth and maintain bone density. When ultra-violet rays shine on our skin, a cholesterol-like substance gets converted to Vitamin D and absorbed into the blood. Vitamin D is required for the metabolisation of…

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Bone Healthy Living / Treatment / October 14, 2011

Though osteoporosis has always been associated more with women than men and media content on osteoporosis usually covers women because they are more susceptible to the condition, a quiet 17 million men over the age of 50 go unspoken about. (1) However, there is hope in the form of a new risk assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization called the FRAX® tool that helps detect the level of risk of osteoporosis in both men and women. Dr. Silvina Levis, Founder and Director of Osteoporosis Center (a clinical research center and a joint venture Miller School of Medicine and the Miami VA Medical Center), even goes on to point that once men get a fracture of the hips due to osteoporosis, their chances of dying after the incident doubles when compared to women. The FRAX tool will ask the…

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Bone Healthy Living / Research / October 14, 2011

We already know that osteoporosis is a metabolic bone condition typified with the thinning of bone tissue and the reduction of bone mineral density. This is coupled with bone health deterioration  microarchitecture and an alteration in the quantity of proteins in bones, eventually raising the risk of easy fracturing of bones. Conclusions from a recent research conducted by Stine Marit Moen, MD, of Oslo University Hospital Ulleval in Norway, on 99 people with an average age of 37 recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis were published on July 12th 2011, in the medical journal Neurology® of the American Academy of Neurology. (1) The study was done to single out the cause of osteoporosis in persons who suffered multiple sclerosis for a long time. Though the multiple sclerosis- osteoporosis connection was well observes, the definite cause was not arrived at and the medical fraternity…

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Bone Healthy Living / Osteoporosis / October 14, 2011

Well over 10 million Americans are going in for or inquiring about osteoporosis treatment and preventive measures. The reason is simple. A man and a woman are only as happy as healthy as their body is; it is a reciprocal relationship. And if the very foundation of our being is weakened, why wouldn’t we be at unease?

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Algaecal / Bone Healthy Living / Other / Video / June 2, 2011

The struggles with osteoporosis are all too known with Dr. Youssef Eid al-Hawamdeh, a 59-year-old pharmacist, but he can consider himself to be a fortunate man. Despite suffering vertebral fractures in a fall at age 55, he has been able to resume his regular daily routine with no long-term impact on his quality of life. “I will never allow osteoporosis to change my life,” he says. Unlike many sufferers, Youssef has not gone on to experience further fractures and the terrible impact of what is termed the ‘fracture cascade’. This positive outcome can be attributed in part to the prompt diagnosis and osteoporosis treatment that he received following the accident. Suffering severe pain and bruising, Youssef was immediately admitted to hospital for three days where he underwent extensive testing. Testing revealed that he had suffered a vertebral crush fracture and…

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