Supplemental Boron for Osteoporosis

Boron is an essential trace mineral that encourages cell growth, improves glucose utilization, and stimulates bone formation. The bone building attributes of boron stem from its ability to enhance the actions of vitamin D and estrogen. Boron helps strengthen collagen, increase calcium, phosphorus and magnesium concentrations in bone, and stimulates osteogenic cell activity in the [...]

By |2019-05-28T09:29:45-04:00October 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Lactation Associated with Greater Bone Strength Later in Life

In a retrospective study published in Osteoporosis International, researchers found that mothers who breastfed in total more than 33 months had greater bone strength than mothers who had breastfed less than 12 months. This improved strength was not attributed to a greater bone density later in life but to a larger bone size.Bone remodeling activity increases [...]

By |2012-10-25T02:58:00-04:00October 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Strontium for Osteoporosis?

Is it advisable to take high doses of strontium?...This is a complex question.There has been quite a lot of research showing that strontium increases bone density and reduces fractures both in the spine (up to 40%) and the hip while continuing to preserve bone quality. At least this is what we are seeing with the osteoporosis medication, [...]

By |2019-04-13T10:42:18-04:00October 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Radio: Your Golden Years with Dr. Mara Karpel

Good morning! I was talking with Dr. Mara Karpel on her radio (Talk 96.3 FM and 1370 AM) show last night...here's the link. Dr. Mara is a clinical psychologist in Austin, Texas. Her show, Your Golden Years, is a bit like a rah rah motivational talk-show especially dedicated to energizing those of the geriatric community. [...]

By |2012-10-15T11:46:00-04:00October 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Odanacatib Trial Update

Just a quick update on Odanacatib, the osteoporosis medication currently in phase III trials. Odanacatib works by blocking the bone-degrading enzyme cathepsin K. Merck has just announced that they are mid-stage in their 24-month trial which includes 243 women with osteoporosis. All of the participants in the study have previously been treated with alendronate. Results [...]

By |2012-10-14T00:21:00-04:00October 14th, 2012|0 Comments

World Osteoporosis Day

Today is officially, World Osteoporosis Day for 2012. Each year the International Osteoporosis Foundation  dedicates this day to raising global awareness to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Activities are planned in over 90 countries.This year's World Osteoporosis Day theme for raising awareness of fracture prevention is "Stop at One. Make your first break your last." [...]

By |2012-10-11T12:22:00-04:00October 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Osteoporosis: A Challenge Physically and Emotionally

"Today's unthinkables are tomorrow's realities." Those are the words of Scott Rigsby. Scott lost his legs at the age of 18 when an 18-wheeler slammed into his truck, launching him underneath the attached trailer and dragging him over 300 feet. While we all experience life challenges, some like this one can be so difficult that it [...]

By |2012-10-10T01:21:00-04:00October 10th, 2012|0 Comments

Bones, Energy Metabolism, and Vitamin K

Skeletal physiology and that of the rest of the body is intricately and inseparably intertwined. We have talked about the need to address the health of the whole body if we are going to achieve long term bone health improvement. In a 2011 perspective  in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Clemens and Karsenty explain [...]

By |2012-10-06T02:28:00-04:00October 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Bones Provide More Than Structural Support

In my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, I outline a sophisticated method for using signs, symptoms and laboratory biomarkers to help understand the causes of bone loss and to manage an individual's therapy. The biomarkers I advocate are a combination of bone-specific (such as N-telopeptide) and non-specific (hsCRP, homocysteine, etc.) tests. Why the non-specific [...]

By |2019-05-21T08:55:24-04:00October 5th, 2012|0 Comments

Detecting Osteoporosis Through Plain X-Rays

Now if this works...it will be GREAT! An article in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, describes the development of a computerized digitization technique whereby X-rays can be evaluated for osteoporosis. This new technique, by the Central Scientific Instruments Organization in India, requires only the addition of a reference index to an X-ray image [...]

By |2019-06-13T11:10:40-04:00October 2nd, 2012|0 Comments