Osteopenia Arthritis Osteoporosis
Osteopenia Arthritis connection: Persons with arthritis are at increased risk for developing Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
Although there are a number of different forms of this inflammatory condition, the two that most common are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis usually develops at a weight bearing joint such as the knee, hip or even the fingers. Often this formof the disease follows a injury . You may fall or be in a car accident. You may heal from the injury but then months or even years after the original injury has healed you develop Osteoarthritis in the affected joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body's defense system gets out of whack and seems to attack your joints, oftenof your hands or feet. This form of arthritis is sometimes accompanied by fatigue, fever and a general feeling of being 'unwell'.
There appears to be a correlation between Osteopenia arthritis and Osteoporosis.
- One reason for the development of bone loss is that the drugs often prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, Glucocorticoid (corticosteroid) medications can lead to bone loss.
- Many people with arthritis reduce their weight bearing activities because of their pain or the loss ofjoint function. But weight bearing activity is important for building dense bones.
- Some research shows that the disease itself may lead to bone loss - especially around the affected joints.
Also of note is that researcher in England may have found another connection between Osteopenia arthritis and/or Osteoporosis.
It has long been known that the trace element boron is necessary for good bone building. in 1963 researchers found that in those areas where there was a low intake of boron, there was a 20 - 70% incident of arthritis in the population but where the intake was 10mg, the incidence was less than 10%.
More recently researchers found that the trace mineral boron relieved the pain of Osteoarthritis.
If you have arthritis, you may want to read more about Osteopenia Arthritis Osteoporosis and bone building
In any case all of us with bone thinning will want to be sure that any calcium supplements we take include the recommendeddosage of boron.
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To read more about the causes of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis go to Causes of Osteopenia