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Your October issue offers a summary of three recent studies and two tips/comments.


1. STUDY ABOUT PREDICTING FRACTURES. All of us want it to avoid fractures. The Journal of Bone Mineral Res. June 2005 reports that previous fracture is the KEY indicator for having a fracture within 10 years - even if you only have Osteopenia and do not have Osteoporosis.

This is important. If you have had a fracture, you need to take extra precautions. Do spend extra time on balance and coordination exercises. Free your home of floor clutter, scatter rugs and slippery surfaces. Install night lights in your bedroom, in halls and bathroom/toilet.

Note:studies show many falls happen at night because light 'blinds' us when it is first turned on going into the bathroom/toilet. Do consider installing a 'night light' or be sure to wait after switching on the light until your eyes adjust to the brightness.

2.TEETH REVEAL BONE MINERAL DENSITY. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. October 2005 reports a Japanese study of both older men and women found that "there was a significant relationship between the number of remaining teeth and BMD." Comment: So maybe many cavities in the young should be a warning sign????

3. SOMETHING FOR MEN. Most pharmaceutical companies restrict their drug studies to women since that is where the greatest profit will be. But men get Osteoporosis too and there are a number of men subscribing to this newsletter.

The journal, Arch Intern Med. August 2005 published a Japanese study that concluded "treatment with risedronate increases bone mineral density and reduces hip fractures in elderly men who are poststroke". (You will find details of this study to the Risedronate (Actonel) page at the web site.)

Tips and Teasers for October

1.Did you know that daily walking benefits your brains as well as your bones?

New reports show that walking protects brain function! Women who walked 1.5 hours a week retained greater brain power as they aged when compared to those walking only 40 minutes a week. And the more energy expended while walking the greater the benefit. For men, those who walked less than one-quarter mile per day were 1.8 times at risk of developing dementia as those who walked two miles per day.

2. Dr. Nan Fuchs recently sent me mail offering a free report about "how to develop bones of steel" providing I subscribe to her newsletter ($49 per year). The "bones of steel" cited the article from the New England Journal of Medicine about postmenopausal women with osteoporosis cutting their risk of fracture by 49% in their first year and increasing their spinal bone density by 14.4% .

And what was the treatment? Strontium. Yes, the same mineral that readers of this newsletter read about last summer..... AND our report listed a reputable supplier who offers the 'right formula' for best bone strength.

Information about Strontium is available at

3. Last notes. For your convenience I added an Index to the web site so you can find new articles more easily. Last week I revised the article about Actonel and added one on Osteopenia and MS.

Right now I am trying to track down the resesarch studies done in China on an herb they use to increase bone density.

In closing, I want to acknowledge the wonderful hospitality of so many on my recent trip to England. And yes, I am trying to write the newsletter in language that fits the global membership of this list. If members from Australia, Canada or England can offer me suggestions for better wording,do contact me. Always glad to learn from you.

Until next month.... Kate