What causes bone loss resulting in the diagnosis of Osteopenia and then Osteoporosis?
Bone is living tissue like your muscles, heart, brain, lungs, and other organs. It can be depleted when the body requires nutrients from it for maintaining other tissues and acid/alkaline balances.
Did you know if you aren’t absorbing nutrients from your digestive tract, you must borrow nutrients from your bones? Also if you aren’t replacing nutrients used with strenuous exercise like running marathons, many nutrients required to sustain your body will be drawn from your bones.
The following are osteopenia and osteoporosis contributing factors that are carefully assessed: poor nutrition during any time of life, the consumption of sugar, sodas, caffeine and alcohol, smoking cigarettes, eating disorders, chronic inflammatory diseases(link), bowel disease(link), too little or too much exercise, hormonal imbalances (including thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and sex hormones)(link) and multiple medications which inhibit bone growth like prednisone, stomach acid inhibitors and more.
How do I reverse Osteopenia or Osteoporosis and build new bone?
First you must make a commitment to change your lifestyle and habits. After carefully assessing the factors that have contributed to your osteopenia or osteoporosis, we take a comprehensive approach to help you rebuild your bone density. The foundation for restoring bone is an anti-inflammatory diet(link) as well as daily therapeutic resistance exercises. We then prescribe necessary nutrients(link), optimize hormone function(link), and heal digestion(link) and other disease processes.
Periodic blood, urine and bone density tests are necessary to monitor your progress and make sure we are successfully promoting your bone restoration. (link to lab tests)
A Whole Person Approach to Treating Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
You have the power within you to heal and you can restore your bone density with a plan and treatment to support your personal healing requirements. We at North Coast Family Health are here to help you restore and maintain healthy bones.