Osteoporosis News: Medicine, Minerals & Menopause

Osteoporosis drugs found to increase bone decay; natural options available.

Glendale, CA, January 28, 2008 --(PR.com)-- A recent report from the Journal of Rheumatology revealed that the osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates increased the risk of bone necrosis (death of bone tissue) by nearly three times. At this time, osteoporosis sufferers and those at risk may benefit from learning about natural treatment options. Out of the 44 million Americans with osteoporosis, 80 percent are women, and the periods of menopause and post-menopause are when it most frequently becomes an issue.


Bisphosphonates are drugs prescribed for osteoporosis. These are synthetic compounds that inhibit bone resorption (the breaking down of bone) by attaching to the minerals in bone. Besides bone decay, possible side effects of bisphosphonates include chest pain, stomach ulcers, heartburn and severe bone, joint and muscle pain.

Mineral Supplements

On the nutritional side, a National Institutes of Health fact sheet says that osteoporosis can result from a chronically low calcium intake, low vitamin D intake, or poor calcium absorption. Traditionally, calcium is recommended to be taken along with magnesium in a 2 to 1 ratio.

Calcium and Menopause

Adelle Davis, the pioneering nutritionist and author of “Let’s Get Well” discusses calcium’s critical role in women’s health. She says: “During the menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones causes severe calcium deficiency symptoms to occur. At these times, large amounts of calcium should be obtained and every step be taken to insure its absorption into the blood. When these precautions are taken and the diet is adequate in other respects, the woman at menopause usually loses her irritability, hot flashes, night sweats, leg cramps and mental depression.”

Calcium Lactate Gluconate

A relatively new form of calcium known as calcium lactate gluconate has been the subject of research studies. It is a combination of calcium lactate and calcium gluconate.

One study appeared in the journal “Osteoporosis International“. Researchers from China and Australia worked with 50 Chinese women and they concluded that: “The calcium supplement in the form of calcium lactate gluconate was adequately absorbed and was effective in reducing bone loss at the hip. In addition, bone mineral density at the top of the thigh bone increased significantly.”

Regarding the absorbability of calcium lactate gluconate, the magazine “Innovations in Food Technology”, reports that it's highly absorbable, with 10 times greater solubility than calcium gluconate alone and 140 times greater solubility than calcium citrate. Natural remedies for osteoporosis, such as Calcium Lift from Nutrition Breakthroughs, have begun to include this highly absorbable form of calcium.

Jobee Knight, a nutritional researcher and founder of Nutrition Breakthroughs in California, is someone who fought her own battle against osteoporosis. She decided to put her background to use and the result was Calcium Lift, a unique blend of calcium lactate gluconate, magnesium chloride and Vitamin C.

Cinzia Aversa of Glendale, CA. says: “I have more energy with Calcium Lift, no doubt. I am in a better mood overall. I also have some little arthritis pains here and there and these seem better too. I have gone through heavier physical activity in the last couple of days which normally would give me a lot of muscle pain and back problems (which is my main problem) and this time it has been much easier, with little sore feeling.”

Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Be sure to get enough calcium, and balance it with 50% as much magnesium. Strong, healthy bones also depend on an adequate intake of trace minerals. Eat a mineral rich diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. Exercise daily, emphasizing walking, “rebounding” and other weight-bearing exercises. Spend time in the sun regularly. Reduce caffeine consumption and cut down on sugar, white flour, alcohol and tobacco. Be informed, and do your research on any drug-based approach before you swallow it or have it injected.


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