OSTEOPOROSIS AND CALCIFICATION
This is a very common paradox in elderly people. Calcification of the arteries; yet they have osteoporosis. Why did the calcium settle in the arteries instead of building bone?
What is osteoporosis? Osteo means bones. Porosis means porous. Therefore the condition is also known as brittle bone disease. The first stage of the condition is called osteopenia. This means a lack of bone formation.
There are a lot of causes for this phenomenon. Acidic body, too much calcium supplements, the wrong kind of calcium supplement, a lack of minerals other than calcium, too much cortisone treatments over time, hormonal imbalance, stress. There are other causes as well but they are beyond the purpose of this blog.
HOW IS BONE FORMED?
We always think of calcium first when it comes to bone formation but there are numerous minerals, as well as collagen involved in the process. To make bone you need mainly calcium, magnesium, phosphates and boron as well as Vitamins D3 and K2. The vitamins are made in the body itself but the minerals should be in your diet and supplements. The amount of calcium versus magnesium is very important. You need the one to absorb the other.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND ACIDITY
If you think of your swimming pool the most important factor to keep it clear and clean is the PH. The same applies to the body. To function at its best, the body has to be slightly alkaline. If your body is acidic it will extract calcium from the bone to neutralise the acid. This free calcium is dropped into soft tissue like kidneys causing kidney stones or it can combine with bad cholesterol and cause hardening of the arteries. This is also known as calcification of the arteries. This calcification can occur in any organ, for instance the prostate or breast.
An acidic system is caused by numerous factors but in our modern life the most common ones are caffeine, stress (both physical and mental), high protein or high carb diet, sugar, excess acidic water.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND HORMONES
It is commonly accepted that hormone replacement helps to prevent osteoporosis. This is partially true and goes hand in hand with the acidity.
Progesterone helps with depositing minerals into the bone and oestrogen helps to block extraction of calcium when the system is acidic. This means that the hormones not only protect the bone structure but also prevent free calcium to settle in soft tissue. Therefore it is important to have both hormones available and there are some very effective natural products on the shelves. This process also accounts for men. In their case it is the loss of testosterone which affects their bones.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND SUPPLEMENTS
There are different views about whether or not we should supplement calcium. We will go into detail about this in the blog about supplements. For now, in my view, we should. However, the form, the amount and combination with other minerals are equally important. The most common and cheapest form of calcium is carbonate but about 50 percent of the population cannot absorb it and therefore it causes calcification of soft tissue. This explains why some research shows an increase of calcification of arteries in people taking supplements. Taking magnesium by itself causes a lack of calcium because the magnesium needs calcium for absorption. Both Vitamin D3 and K2 are made in the body but you need a healthy liver, enough B vitamins and probiotics to do this. Theoretically nobody in a sunshine country should lack Vitamin D3 and yet it has become standard practise to include this blood test as part of routine testing. The reason behind this increasingly common deficiency is our poor lifestyle.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND STRESS
We make the mistake of thinking that exercise cannot be excessive. Anything in life can be too much or too little and both can cause stress to the body. Stress is when you are constantly producing adrenaline – the body is confused because our restless lifestyles requires constant production of this fight or flight hormone. This leads to a lack of your own cortisol production. The cherry on the cake is when we develop some kind of inflammation because of our lifestyle and get cortisone treatment! This treatment often comes in the form of an injection in the buttock causing what is called “a cortisone hip” which is then replaced.
In my ebook on osteoporosis I will explain in more detail how to choose your supplements and change your diet to achieve a healthier life.
Until next week