Osteoporosis Isn’t Just a Women’s issue
Well gents we may have our prostate problems but at least no osteoporosis, right? Not so fast. Men represent twenty percent of often catastrophic osteoporotic fractures, and virtually all those men had no idea their bones had thinned. That means countless more of us are unknowingly – because a man’s bone density is rarely measured – losing bone steadily and one in eight of us will ultimately be among the fracture victims.
So let’s dispense with the myth that osteoporosis is a women’s issue; it isn’t. The agents of male bone loss are the virtually identical to those promoting bone loss among women: smoking; soda; pharmaceuticals including proton pump inhibitors, blood thinners and some cancer treatments including radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatment pharmaceuticals; high levels of C-reactive protein which influences inflammation that is an important factor in bone loss, a lot of animal protein in your diet and typically a minor influence, hormone decline. I’ll discuss the action of each in my next post.
For now what matters is that you dispense with the same myth that women have to toss out: that there’s little you can do about it except maybe take supplements or bone loss drugs. Supplements are isolated forms of nutrients that a/ can’t act alone to build bone and b/ are largely disempowered if synthesized. Bone loss drugs have fallen into disrepute as many end up breaking your bones so your doctors would probably be reluctant to dispense them anyway.
So what can you do?
Have you already had an osteoporotic fracture?
Do you use proton pump inhibitors? blood thinners?
Do you drink a good bit of alcohol and/or soda? smoke? regularly enjoy that 16oz T bone? sit most of your leisure hours?
All those can affect levels of nutrients that act in concert to produce bone metabolism. So ask your doctor to order a nutrition evaluation. This will measure the levels in your system of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D3, silica, boron and other trace minerals that each has a role in the bone making team. And by the way bone making is incontrovertibly a team effort: If any of the nutrients is significantly missing, the show is slow, late or doesn’t go on. Click here to see typical nutrition evaluation measures.
Chris Titterington is Helen’s husband. He was the first-line recipe tester and all around right hand during Helen’s quest for bone health.