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Osteopenia, Osteoporosis November 2017 News
November 15, 2017

November 2017 Osteopenia/Osteoporosis news

This newsletter is mostly for men.... and women who care about the men in their lives. Even though approximately 39% of new fractures estimated to have occurred worldwide in 2000 were in men, most people still consider Osteoporosis as only a 'woman's problem'. Even now in 2017! .

I know, I have written of this before but if you are are 50 year old man...or if you know a man who is at least 50 years of age, do consider a bone density test so as to set a demarcation point and then follow up in another year or two with another screening. . And if you are a man who has lived a sedentary life style, as an office worker or some a job that seldom requires you to carry 20 pounds or more, you might consider asking your physician for Osteopenia or Osteoporosis screening even before you reach age 50. Yes, men do get Osteopenia and Osteoporosis....but many are not diagnosed until they have suffered a fracture. Please do not wait. Encourage the men you know to get screened - especially if they have any of the typical causes of bone loss: Why this concern about men? Although men tend to develop Osteopenia or Osteoporosis a bit later than women because their age related hormone changes start later, recent research is showing that more and more men are developing low bone density - at younger and younger ages. In 2000, 39% of new osteoporotic FRACTURES were in men and I have found nothing to show that those numbers are getting any better. . Why this increase in male low bone density? Well, for one thing few men now have jobs that require the hard physical labor that stimulates bone growth. Then, too, long commutes and sedentary evening/weekend activities mean that men's osteoblasts [bone building cells] are not being stimulated. Also there has been an increase in the use of caffeinated and/or carbonated drinks which stimulate Osteoclasts, the bone removing cells. . If you know a man in his late 40s or early 50s, you may want to encourage him to get a baseline bone density test. And then plan on getting updates on a regular basis. . As you know there are many things that can be done to stimulate bone growth (see: the web site's Natural treatments sections) and recent research is showing that this is as important for men as for women. .

AND I feel I should add that it is doubly important for young people - many of whom have morphed into cell phone or electronic game players instead of engaging in the physical activity that stimulates bone growth. . Osteopenia and Osteoporosis is NOT just a woman's issue any more. I think of the enormous good that readers of this newsletter could do by encouraging others to engage in bone building activities now - before their bones get 'too thin' .

Be well. Be happy and know that I am adding more natural treatments as the research gets published.


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