Oxytocin (and Nipple Stimulation) Improves Bone Density

Oxytocin is produced by the posterior pituatary gland in the brain. This hormone is best known for its role in promoting uterine contractions during childbirth but it is also involved in sexual arousal and orgasm, thus the label, "love hormone." Oxytocin is also important for social behaviors such as trust, contentment, empathy, bonding, and love. [...]

By |2012-09-28T17:22:00+00:00September 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Low TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) Increases Bone Loss

The thyroid gland is the body's major regulator of metabolism. By releasing T4 (thyroxine) into the blood stream (which is then converted to T3) the thyroid gland activates a multitude of chemical reactions throughout the body. From protein synthesis, to cell growth and tissue formation, to thermal control, the thyroid gland plays an integral role [...]

By |2012-09-21T13:46:00+00:00September 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Exercises and Bracing for Fracture Prevention and Pain Relief

I have had the great pleasure of meeting two excellent therapists who specialize in exercise and postural therapy for patients with osteoporosis, Denise Pontbriand, the owner of Core Fitness, Wellness & Exercise, in Sturbridge, MA, and Renee King, PT of OsteoporosisPT in Auburn, MA.Physical activity of all types will lower your risk of fracture. Many studies [...]

By |2012-09-17T14:01:00+00:00September 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Exercise Helps Prevent Fractures In the Elderly

In a study out of Germany, Kemmler et al. followed 85 postmenopausal women for 12 years to determine if supervised long-term exercise training had an effect on bone mineral density and the incidence of fractures. The women participating in the study all had low bone density (osteopenia) but were not using medication. The exercise program consisted [...]

By |2012-09-14T14:46:00+00:00September 14th, 2012|0 Comments

Gut Microbes Regulate Bone Mass

There are more than 500 species of microorganisms living in your gut. In fact, more individual microbes live there than there are cells in your body. These bacteria help you to digest your food, eliminate toxins, and manufacture nutrients such as vitamin K2. If your digestive tract is healthy, the "good" bacteria such as Lactobacillus [...]

By |2012-09-12T12:45:00+00:00September 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Flavonoids Increase Bone Mineral Density

When people ask me what is the most important thing they can do for improving bone health, I think they're expecting me to suggest a certain form of calcium supplement. There is no doubt, supplementing with quality calcium, such as that found in OsteoSustain and OsteoMineralBoost, is important, but remembering to take a few tablets [...]

By |2012-09-10T01:14:00+00:00September 10th, 2012|0 Comments

Vitamin E Decreases Bone Mass

In a study reported in Nature Medicine, Fujita et al. show that vitamin E in the alpha-tocopherol form is detrimental to bone health. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that protects against oxidative stress and the development of atherosclerosis. With oxidative stress being a major contributor to the development of osteoporosis, at first glance one [...]

By |2012-09-08T04:15:00+00:00September 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Two-Fold Increase in Fractures with Antidepressants

I thought I would briefly mention one more research article about antidepressants that just appeared in the Bone journal. I am not trying to belabor the point about antidepressants and bone loss but just making sure that if you take one of these medications (and I realize how important they can be sometimes for quality of [...]

By |2012-09-07T12:11:00+00:00September 7th, 2012|0 Comments

Antidepressants (SSRIs) Contribute to Osteoporosis

There are a host of medications that cause bone loss. Glucocorticoids (corticosteroids such as cortisone and prednisone) prescribed for reducing inflammation, have long been known to be the biggest offender. But another commonly prescribed group of medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, have also come under scrutiny. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter made from [...]

By |2012-09-06T02:29:00+00:00September 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Secondhand Smoke: Bone Loss

A major risk factor for osteoporosis is smoking. Active smokers average 4% less bone mineral density (BMD) compared to nonsmokers and they have a higher risk of fracture. But what about secondhand smoke? Do smokers increase the risk of osteoporosis to those non-smokers living in the same household? A recent study published in Osteoporosis International (Kim [...]

By |2012-09-03T12:50:00+00:00September 3rd, 2012|0 Comments