Exercise: Bone Density

There is a lot of emphasis on the importance of exercise for bone health. Doctors tell us to exercise because it will build up our bone density, there are instructive videos on YouTube about how to build bone density, and it is fairly easy to find exercise classes designed for people with osteoporosis; but does [...]

By |2019-08-06T11:56:09-04:00August 30th, 2012|0 Comments

Homoarginine Improves BMD

Protein, and the amino acids from which they are built, are important for maintaining muscle mass. Just look at all the buff athletes chugging down whey protein shakes at your local gym. But what about protein for bone health? A debate rages over just how much dietary protein is enough and how much is so [...]

By |2019-07-10T09:42:16-04:00August 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Dried Plums: Osteoporosis

In my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, I tout the benefits of dried plums for bone health. I was first introduced to the benefits of dried plums 11 years ago at the Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research held in Phoenix. This 5 day seminar (held in different [...]

By |2019-05-21T12:32:06-04:00August 25th, 2012|0 Comments


Degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the lumber spine (in addition to compression fractures, scoliosis, and aortic calcification) often leads to misinterpretation of bone density (DXA) scans and the under-diagnosis of osteoporosis. In a study published in Osteoporosis International (Tenne et al., 2012), researchers reported: "Clinical use of spinal BMD [bone mineral density] measurements become increasingly problematic [...]

By |2019-07-18T09:39:48-04:00August 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Olive Oil and Bone Health

For the past several days my patients have been asking about a recent study (published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism) that explored the effects of olive oil on bone health. Dr. Fernandez-Real, MD of the Hospital of Girona in Spain, and colleagues, compared the bone-promoting effects of a low-fat (i.e. low-inflammatory) Mediterranean diet [...]

By |2019-07-11T11:50:45-04:00August 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Homocysteine: Fracture Risk

In my book, I write about the use of therapeutic targets to help guide health care providers in their design and optimization of nutritional support for individuals with bone loss. By identifying "targets" such as abnormal lab results, or persistent abnormal physical signs or symptoms to improve upon (instead of just recommending a nutritional regimen [...]

By |2019-07-19T07:17:07-04:00August 18th, 2012|0 Comments


It appears there may soon be a new medication available for the treatment of osteoporosis. In the most recent issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, two articles (Masarachia, P.J., et al. 2012 and Cusick T., et al. 2012) from researchers at Merck Research Laboratories report on the new antiresorptive compound odanacatib. The [...]

By |2019-04-01T10:13:53-04:00August 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Mean Platelet Volume

Chronic systemic inflammation sets the stage for disease. It is also the common unifying link between osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. In my book The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, I explain how biomarkers of inflammation such as homocysteine, hsCRP, 8OH2DG, and lipid peroxides can be used as therapeutic targets in the nutritional management of bone loss.Now there [...]

By |2012-08-15T17:02:00-04:00August 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Formononetin, Red Clover

Red clover and soy are rich sources of isoflavones. They have been used extensively to treat symptoms of menopause and reduce bone loss in women with osteoporosis because of their estrogen-like effects. In a recent paper published in Menopause (Tyagi, A.M., et al., 2012) the isoflavone, formononetin, (found in high amounts in red clover and soy) [...]

By |2019-02-18T16:09:29-04:00August 14th, 2012|0 Comments

Oxidative Stress = Bone Loss

As we age, chronic disease such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimers, and others, are not uncommon and go along with our overall decline in functional capacity. Osteoporosis is no exception. In fact, we actually begin to loose bone in our 30s, long before sex hormone production in women begins its decline around the age of 45 [...]

By |2019-02-18T16:09:29-04:00August 11th, 2012|0 Comments