Asthma Osteopenia Osteoporosis connections are real. There are several reasons for the connection between asthma and bone loss.
First, many persons with asthma find that dairy products trigger attacks. As a result they avoid dairy products.
In this culture dairy products are one of the most commonly used dietary sources of calcium. Few people are taught about other good sources of this mineral which is so important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. As a result many asthmatics do not get enough dietary calcium and so suffer the from a thinning of their bone.
Second, there are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs such as prednisone and cortisone that are often prescribed for this condition. These drugs in themselves greatly increase the risk of developing bone loss.
Third, another Asthma Osteopenia Osteoporosis connection is found in the avoidance of weight bearing exercise by many with asthmatic conditions.
If you have asthma and you find that exercise can trigger an attack you may start to avoid exercise. Not just some exercise by ALL exercise. Still your bones need weight bearing exercise in order to build and maintain good bone density. Your bone building cells are triggered by the stress on your bones that weight bearing exercise provides. If you do not have sufficient bone stress, there will be no stimuli on your osteoblast cells for building new bone.
Fourth, The Canadian Institute for Asthma Prevention notes that many asthmatics are deficient in magnesium. But magnesium is essential for the bone building process.
Anyone with asthma should discuss ways that they can reduce the potential for developing excessive bone loss with their health care provider.
A nutritionist can suggest food that will help promote strong bones (See: Nutrition for your bones
. Also, it would be worth reading the material about calcium
supplements that include all the necessary vitamins and mineral that
bone building requires. See: Advacal
Ultra for Asthma Osteopenia Osteoporosis prevention.
Finally, your physician can make a referral for short term physical therapy sessions where you can learn useful weight bearing exercises that will stimulate bone density without triggering an asthmatic attack.
If you or someone you care about has asthma do talk with the health care provider about ways to prevent or delay the onset of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Protecting your bones, ensuring that you continue to build new bone should be part of the health care regime for anyone with asthma - even while they are young. Please, do not wait.