What is osteoporosis and what can I do about it?
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Bone mass should be at its peak in our late 20s or early 30s, but because of poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise, many women start losing bone in their 20's.
Osteoporosis can occur at any age and over 10 million people in the United States alone suffer from osteoporosis. Bone loss occurs more rapidly in women than in men, especially right around the time of menopause, when an abrupt drop in estrogen and progesterone accelerates bone loss.
Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, or when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both - under healthy conditions your body absorbs the older parts of our bones and generates new bone material to keep our bones strong.
The most common symptoms of osteoporosis are loss of height and an increasing amount of frailty.
Osteoporosis is a progressive degenerative bone disease where women (and men) experience bone loss and decreasing bone density, causing all bones in their body to become porous, spongy and lighter.
In these circumstances, you are at risk for bone fractures which can be very painful, debilitating and even deadly in some cases. Some men and women become unable to walk or stand up straight, preventing them from carrying on with their independent lives.
The most important factor in osteoporosis is lack of progesterone, which causes a decrease in new bone formation. Adding progesterone will actively increase bone mass and density and can reverse osteoporosis.
Natural progesterone cream (progesterone stimulates osteoblasts) should not be viewed as the only "magic cream". To successfully treat osteoporosis you should also exercise, even if you have a weight problem.
Of course, there are other causes of osteoporosis in women as well as in men. Calcium METABOLISM, not just calcium INTAKE, can be a reason.
Calcium is an important mineral in bone building. To be incorporated into the bone, calcium requires enzymes, which require magnesium and vitamin B6.
If you are deficient in vitamin B6 and magnesium, calcium will not convert into bone. Instead it will appear as calcification of tissues and joints, leading to tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis.
During menopause and as you start NOT ovulating during some menstrual cycles, your levels of progesterone in the body begin to decrease, and as a consequence your bone loss starts to escalate.
Osteoporosis has become a disease of menopause, because once a women's ovaries stop functioning or are removed after an hysterectomy, they stop producing the important hormone called progesterone.
You are at risk for osteoporosis:
• if you are very thin,
• if your calcium intake is low,
• if you eat too much animal protein,
• if you do not exercise, or are physically inactive,
• if you smoke cigarettes your body will absorb less calcium from your diet and smoking also affects your lungs, heart and skeleton,
• if you drink excessively - 2 or 3 alcoholic drinks everyday can be damaging to your health,
• if you reached menopause before the age of 45,
• if you have had a hysterectomy and your ovaries were removed,
• if you have an overactive thyroid or kidney disease,
• if you have eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia.
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You'll find very informative and educational books in the subject of osteoporosis, hormone imbalance, HRT, symptoms and all the different stages of menopause. YOU will learn a great deal from these resources.
There is enough evidence that, despite declining estrogen levels in the body, bone loss occurs when progesterone levels decline. The best way to slow or even reverse bone loss is to use natural progesterone replacement therapy.
As the levels of progesterone decline in the body, because of failure to ovulate, or a hysterectomy, this process can lead to trouble.
There are synthetic estrogen drugs, but they come with health risks and unwanted side effects. Instead, use the safe natural estrogen products if you need supplemental estrogen.
Estrogen aids in slowing down bone loss for a few years, but progesterone is the proactive hormone because it has a stimulatory effect on the osteoblastic cells which encourages bone growth. Learn more about osteoporosis definitions here.
Estrogen IS NOT the single most important factor in prevention of bone loss.
Natural progesterone is crucial in the prevention of osteoporosis, because this hormone can actively increase bone mass and density. To ignore the usage of natural progesterone cream is a mistake.
It is not "age" that is the cause of osteoporosis. The biggest problems are "low levels of progesterone" in the body, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition.
Most women in their 30's or older take calcium or produce in the body the minimum daily requirements of calcium, but they are still losing calcium from their bones faster than their intake. "Natural Progesterone" can help or prevent this terrible disease! Progesterone is the supplement YOU need for healthy bones!
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Natural progesterone supplementation has very positive benefits and has no known side effects. Women have been using it safely for the last 30 years.
The easiest and most effective form to use is natural progesterone CREAM. All you do is apply it directly to your skin, and from there it's absorbed into the underlying fat layer.
Natural progesterone can be absorbed into the blood stream on a continuous basis as the body needs it.
Massage 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cream twice daily to any of the following areas: hands, belly, neck, thighs, buttocks and breasts until absorbed, alternating application sites.
Use for 21 days or as needed. Discontinue for 7 days or so during your period and repeat each month.
In osteoporosis calcium is being lost faster than is being added, independently of how much calcium a woman consumes.
Osteoporosis starts 15 to 20 years prior to menopause, because estrogen levels are still very high and progesterone levels start decreasing.
At menopause, the development of osteoporosis accelerates even higher after a hysterectomy. Osteoporosis also tends to occur more frequently in women who are thin, in women who don't exercise, who drink a lot of alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
Early signs of osteoporosis are sudden sleep disturbances and restlessness, leg and foot cramps, low back pain, gum disease, loose teeth and gradual loss of height.
Natural progesterone can help you re-balance your hormones, reverse osteoporosis, and safely reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms.
Natural progesterone is the best alternative to give your body the hormone balance you need, and to reduce or eliminate your menopause symptoms.
Remember that estrogen and progesterone need each other to give YOU hormone balance! And YOU need BOTH!
Each of these hormones has a role to play in everyday life.
To better determine your hormone levels accurately, a saliva test is recommended. Go to the hormone testing section to learn more about the saliva test.
At menopause, estrogen levels drop 40 to 60 percent in the body, and progesterone levels drop to nearly zero. It is this hormone imbalance that causes unpleasant menopause symptoms. Read more about natural estrogen sources.
The three main estrogens in the body are estradiol, estrone, and estriol. In excess, estradiol can cause cancer...the safest estrogen is estriol.
If you want to use natural estrogen cream (estriol), you should only use it if you are experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and you want to maintain your skin looking younger, it can improve your memory and restrains bone loss.
Supplementation with the natural estrogen estriol is recommended by Harvard-trained physician Dr. John R. Lee.
It is also possible that fluctuating estrogen production levels in the body - sometimes too high, sometimes too low - result in a temporary estrogen deficiency that causes menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
There are synthetic estrogen drugs, but they come with health risks and unwanted side effects. Instead, use the safer natural estrogen products if you need supplemental estrogen.
Lifestyle changes to correct osteoporosis, osteoporosis symptoms and hormone imbalance!
• Women's bodies need nutritious food, a quality vitamin/mineral supplement, and exercise to improve and maintain our health. Our bodies also have to deal with daily stresses and toxins, and very often our foods are not as nutritious as they should be.
If you are experiencing osteoporosis, you could benefit a great deal by taking a quality multiple vitamin/mineral and a calcium supplement.
Calcium deficiency also effects the heart and circulatory system, as well as the secretion of essential hormones.
The most important element of bones is minerals. Without minerals, we don't have bones. The most important bone minerals are calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and fluoride.
Equally important is the balance between the minerals. Too much phosphorous or fluoride will create poor bone structure. Without enough magnesium, the calcium can't be absorbed onto the bone.
Vitamins are also involved. For example, vitamin B6 works with magnesium to get calcium onto your bones. Go to the vitamins for women and men section.
• Regular exercise can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures associated with osteoporosis and exercise is also the primary stimulant for skeletal development and maintenance.
Studies show that exercises requiring muscles to pull on bones cause the bones to retain and, perhaps, even gain density.
Researchers found that women who stay active and walk a mile a day have four to seven more years of bone in reserve than women who don’t. Any exercise that presents a risk of falling should be avoided.
Some of the recommended exercises include:
Weight-bearing exercises -- walking, jogging, playing tennis, dancing, resistance exercises, swimming -- free weights, weight machines, rubber stretch bands, balancing exercises -- tai chi, yoga, riding stationary bicycles, treadmills, stair climber, using rowing machines, walking, and jogging. Read more about exercise in the women's fitness section.
• Also - most people are SERIOUSLY deficient in their consumption of water. When was the last time YOU consumed the recommended amount of 8-10 glasses in one day? ANY day? Not recently, for most people.
Buying a good water filter is recommended to eliminate chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and other toxic substances found in tap water. The best solution is to buy a good water filter.
You will be surprised how much better filtered water will taste, as compared to regular tap water.
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