Cause of Osteopenia, Osteoporosis
If you're looking for the Cause of Osteopenia, you probably have been diagnosed with this condition. It is natural to ask: Why do I have this? How did it happen?
But there is another reason why it is important to understand what led to your excessive bone loss. If you know why you have lost bone,
you will be better able to reverse the condition because you will know exactly what things have caused your bone loss.
There are many different things that can be a cause of Osteopenia.
(Do look over the whole page. Some sections have links to
articles that explain things better. If you do not have time to read
everything today, do Bookmark the page and come back later. It is really
important for you to understand the cause of Osteopenia.)
Osteopenia is one condition where what we do and how we act has
an enormous effect on our improvement ....or lack thereof. Here you may
learn of things that you never realized could be a cause of
Osteopenia. Perhaps ome small changes in your daily activities can help
you improve your bone density!
There is NO ONE SINGLE cause of Osteopenia, Osteoporosis
You will find the success in rebuilding lost bone mineral density, when you figure out all the reasons that led to your own bone loss.
Here is list of likely causes:
- Chronic dehydration a 'Silent' cause for many people
- Elevated levels of iron after menopause.
- Genetics and age can be a cause of Osteopenia. We can not change these but we can 'off set' their effects:
- Lifestyle factors:
- Sedentary life style Bed rest for 3 or more days, lack of
weight bearing activities. People who do heavy manual labor, often have
less bone loss than office workers. Astronauts lost bone density during weightless days
See: Weight bearing exercises and your bones
- Stress is a major cause! Find out what you
can do, go to: Stress and Bone Loss
- Dieting - if you have lost 10 pounds (or more) at least twice in your lifetime, you should read Dieting
as a cause of Osteopenia .
- Alcohol use. Do you know the bone loss 'tipping point" in alcohol consumption? If not, do read:
Alcohol and Osteopenia
- Caffeine. Did you know that coffee, tea, soda pop, chocolate or sports drinks can lead to bone loss? Find out how much is 'too much' at:
Caffeine and your Bones
- Low Vitamin D - amounts recommended
Sodium can be problem. Read more at Sodium and bone loss
- Tobacco use, Smoking, Second hand smoke, Exposure to Cadmium. Go to:Cadmium and second hand smoke cases bone loss
- Excessive exercise. Women whose excessive exercise leads to irregular or nonexistent periods or men who engage in
excessive exercise or dietary manipulation that leads to a drop in testosterone levels will lose bone mass.
- Eating patterns: Eating less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Read more at
Food and Calcium levels
- Magnesium in your diet
- ,Vitamin D: who needs it and how much?
- Vitamin K and your bones.
- Phosphorous imbalance- Too little or too much phosphorous upsets the balance needed to keep bones strong.
A real problem is drinking carbonated beverages. They increase the
amount of phosphorus so much that it upsets the delicate
Calcium/Phosphorus balance necessary for good bone growth.
- Protein - many people in the developed world
consume more protein than is good for the body. Too much protein
makes for an acidic condition.
Your body needs to keep in a 'acid-alkaline' balance or you would
die so when your body gets too acidic, it pulls Calcium from bones and teeth to counteract the acid state and return your
body to balance.
- Medical Conditions and Treatments:
- Some medical conditions are directly related to developing Osteopenia. Anorexia, Asthma , B12 Vitamin deficiency , Bulimia, Cancer , Celiac disease, Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis,
Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) , Crohn’s disease, Chronic inflammation (such as in arthritis) Colitis, Cushings syndrome, Diabetes, Epilepsy treatments emphysema, food allergies, Gastrectomy. High cholesterol diet, Hyperthyroidism, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypertension, Hypogonadism, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease, Intestinal disorders - malabsorption , Lactose intolerance, Liver disease, Low birth weight, Lupus , Lyme disease , Multiple Sclerosis , Multiple myeloma, Osteo-genesis imperfect, Organ transplants, Peridontal disease (Peridontitis), Post Polio , Primary biliary cholingitis , Sickle Cell anemia, Skin disorders, Scoliosis, Synthroid thyroid medication, teen pregnancy, and Thalassemia are just a few of the conditions that can make for low bone density.
- Medical treatments for Chronic inflammatory diseases such as Arthritis , Leukemia, Lupus ,Lymphoma or Endometriosis can all be a cause of Osteopenia. So too can Treatments for cancer , Chelation therapy, Gastric bypass surgery and stapling.
- Medically prescribed drugs: Depro-Provera
, Dilantin (Phenytoin), Glucocorticoids (steroids); drugs with
Aluminum- including antacids, Anticonvulsants eg. Dilantin, Benzodiazepines ,
Phenobarbital; Cytotoxic drugs; GNRH - agonsists-lupron etc.; Aromatase
inhibitors eg. Arimidex, Aromasin, Femara; Cancer chemotherapy,
Cyclosporine A and FK506, Heparin; Hypertension Medication, Lithium; Lupron(leuprolide) ,
Methotrexate, Proton pump inhibitors such as Neium, Prilosec,
Prevacid; Tamoxifen, Synthroid (thyroid drug), Thiazolidenedioines (Actos, Avandia);Thyroid
hormone replacement; Many of the Diuretics can all interfere with developing and keeping strong bones. Some studies show that some Antibiotics may also be a risk factor for
excessive bone loss , Phenobarbital.
- Over the counter drugs. Many pain relievers contain more caffeine than a cup of strong coffee. Others, can also be a problem, especially Antacids .
- Direct mail marketers often push Chelation as the
'cure' for cardiovascular conditions. But chelation can also remove
important minerals, including calcium, from your body. ( It
is wise to consult your health care provider before using
'non-prescription medications' and remedies.)
- Environmental. Cadmium
I shall add more articles about these causes of
Osteopenia. I suggest that you bookmark this page or Add it to
Favorites so you can find it easily.
You may also want to read what has been traditionally
listed as Osteoporosis Risk Factors