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Osteoporosis Countermeasures! Building Strong Bones to Defy Fate

Updated: 3 days ago



"Good grief..." We've all heard the stories: elderly folks take a fall, break a bone, and suddenly age seems to catch up with them overnight. Sure, strengthening your leg muscles to avoid falls is crucial, but let's talk about how to build bones so strong that even if you fall, you won't break anything.

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The Basics of Bone Mechanics

Bones, like all other cells, are constantly being built and broken down. The cells that build bone are called osteoblasts, while those that break down bone are osteoclasts. Osteoblasts are responsible for "bone formation," and osteoclasts handle "bone resorption." When bone resorption exceeds bone formation, bones become weak. Let's explore how to tip this balance in our favor.


Boosting Bone Formation

Osteocalcin

Osteocalcin (or Gla protein), secreted by osteoblasts, is key. Osteocalcin makes up about 25% of bone protein and is secreted in response to physical stimuli like weight training. Squats, for instance, are highly effective in boosting osteocalcin levels.


Vitamin K

Osteocalcin requires vitamin K to undergo carboxylation and become active. Without vitamin K, bone formation suffers. It’s also necessary for binding calcium phosphate to the bone matrix, making vitamin K intake essential.


Protein and Collagen

Bones are about 50% collagen, so sufficient protein intake is crucial. Supplementing with collagen peptides and vitamin C (especially the fat-soluble kind) can also be beneficial.


Inhibiting Bone Resorption

Calcium and Hormonal Balance

When blood calcium levels drop, calcium is leached from the bones. This process is regulated by parathyroid hormone (PTH). Conversely, calcitonin, secreted by the thyroid gland, helps prevent calcium from leaving the bones. Estrogen plays a crucial role by promoting calcitonin secretion and inhibiting the effects of PTH, thereby protecting bone density.


Post-Menopause Strategies

After menopause, estrogen levels plummet, making bones more susceptible to resorption. One way to boost estrogen is through moderate alcohol consumption, which activates aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.


Preventing and Improving Osteoporosis

Weight Training

Even after menopause, weight training helps maintain bone density and can improve osteoporosis.


Vitamin K and Vitamin D

A two-year study showed that combining vitamin K and vitamin D can significantly increase lumbar bone density. Calcium alone didn’t show the same effect, so ensuring adequate vitamin D levels while taking vitamin K is crucial.


Collagen

Studies have shown that gelatin supplementation can strengthen bones in osteoporotic rats. Normal mice also showed increased femoral bone density when gelatin was added to their diet.


Moderate Alcohol

Moderate alcohol consumption can boost estrogen levels and help maintain bone density. However, it’s important to balance the benefits with potential risks.


 

Conclusion

To combat osteoporosis, integrate weight training, vitamin K and D supplementation, collagen intake, and moderate alcohol consumption. Combine these strategies to build stronger bones. "Good grief... but now, I've found a way to defy fate!"



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