The Faces of Osteoporosis
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- Created on 11-18-2014
Kids and Caffeine
Kids are in the most critical stage of bone health in their life. Yet they are bombarded with all forms of potentially bone depleting beverages such as tea, coffee, soda, or “energy’ drinks. Should you be worried? Yes.
What is the problem?
During childhood, the skeleton is growing at an incredible pace. During the 4 years around puberty (age 9-14), children build about 40% of the bone they will have their entire lifetime. As the bones grow longer, lots of calcium is needed.
There are two major issues with kids and caffeine....
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- Created on 11-12-2014
A new study of two large populations of Swedish men and women suggests that a sizable intake of milk was associated with higher risk of death in a large group of women and men, and with a higher risk of fractures in women (but not in men). The associations appeared to be stronger in women than men. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, tracked 106,000 Swedish men and women for up to 23 years. The researchers added that we should be cautious in interpreting the results because of the nature of the study, which cannot prove causality.
- Created on 11-06-2014
Because bone building cells respond to electrical impulses generated through the bones by impact activities, it was thought that creating a platform to deliver vibration could act on the cellular mechanism in a similar way and benefit bone health.
- Created on 11-06-2014
There are many medical conditions that have a negative impact on bone health. Researchers are now linking sleep apnea with bone loss. A recent study has concluded that “People diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) are at increased risk for subsequent osteoporosis.”
This study shows an association between OSA and osteoporosis (defined in the study as a T-score ≤-2.5), but not that OAS causes osteoporosis. The study also does not begin to address any number of possible ways that OSA can contribute to the bone loss, (such as oxygen deprivation, increased free radicals, increased inflammatory cytokines, increased bone resorption, decreased bone formation, etc.). Although it is not clear what mechanism(s) may be in play, previous studies have shown that OSA leads to increased rates of bone turnover that can be reversed with the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy - a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
We do not know for sure if OSA increases rates of bone loss and fracture risk. We also do not know the specific way that OSA impacts bone health. There are many other chronic conditions that people with OSA have, including diabetes and daytime drowsiness that can lead to increased fracture risk. It is likely that, based on other studies, all of these mechanisms play a role in a true causal link between untreated OSA and osteoporosis (increased fracture risk).
If you have sleep apnea, talk with your doctor about the best way for you to treat it.
- Created on 02-11-2014
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