There is an Osteoporosis and Osteopenia MS connection for both men and women. The loss of bone mineral density often appears earlier with this disease. A report in the journal Multiple Sclerosis suggests screening for the condition after age 40 - not waiting for menopause as most women would do.
(Note: This article abbreviates the term 'those with Osteopenia and multiple sclerosis' to just Osteopenia MS. This is only done to assist search engines trying to 'read' this page.)
Awareness and early testing and treatment is important because , as you know. bone loss can lead to fractures. A fracture when you have MS can be more difficult to cope with than a fracture in someone who is otherwise in good health.
Second, fracture risk is high among those with MS because of compromised gait and balance that comes with MS.. You may be at greater risk of falling....and falling can lead to fractures when bone density is compromised.
NOTE: You do not have to have Osteoporosis to have a fracture. Persons with Osteopenia often have fractures too.
Fractures in those with Osteopenia MS are serious:
An article in the Journal of Osteoporosis states:"There are currently no recommendations how to best prevent and treat osteoporosis in patients with MS. .......(but the) devastating effect of immobilization on the skeleton in patients with MS underscores the importance of adequate mechanical stimuli for maintaining the bone structure and its mechanical competence." Bone Health in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis by Vit Zikan
Pharmaceutical Treatments: Osteopenia MS
Some advocate the use of natural and complimentary treatments for those who have Multiple Scelerosis. Allen C. Bowling et. al, published a paper in 2000 that noted the usefulness of supplementation with Calcium and Vit. D.
Special calcium. There have been no specific studies about increasing bone density in persons with MS with the special calcium preparation AAACA. But the many scientific studies for AAACA showing its effectiveness should lead to its consideration by anyone using Calcium, Vitamin D supplementation.
NOTE: AAACA is sold under the brand name Advacal and Advacal comes in both a plain AAACA form as well as one with the necessary Vit. D, Magnesium etc.
Also, although there appear to be are no specific studies of the use of natural strontium by those with MS. But natural strontium has been shown to be effective for increasing bone density. Summaries of research studies at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere can be found on the Strontium page of this site.
In addition you can read a whole host of Natural treatments at Natural treaments to reverse bone loss.