Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
When you suffer from IBD, UC, Crohn’s this can lead to a whole gamut of cascading problems which is important to be on the look out for.
Cascading problems such as:
- Malabsorption of nutrients, causing malnutrition (often undiagnosed)
- B12 Deficiency, which if it goes undiagnosed can lead to pernicious anemia
- Inadequate Vitamin D3 levels, leaving your immune system at risk
- Ineffective or low levels of good intestinal gut flora, putting your immune system at risk
- Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
- Problems with Concentration
- Improper Digestion
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Intestinal Permeability
- Extra-Intestinal Symptoms of Joint Pains, Skin Rashes, Eye Problems
- Depression and Anxiety
- And of course digestive issues of: Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating, Gas, Cramping, Abdominal Pain, Distention, just to name of few of the many symptoms
Has your Doctor told you to be on the lookout for these Cascading Problems?
So, what can you do about these Cascading Problems?
1) By being proactive and being aware, you’ll be on the lookout for these problems before they occur
2) By being aware of these problems, you’ll be able to see the symptoms and know what they correlate to
3) By putting in place certain checks and balances, you’ll be in a position to assess these problems
As it relates to Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis, a Bone Density Scan is the best measure of your bone health.
4) By taking some simple steps, you’ll be able to pre-empt some of these problems
Now that you know which cascade of problems to be on the lookout for, what can you do to prevent them? Let’s get through each one, and see how to pre-empt them:
A) Malabsorption of nutrients, causing malnutrition (often undiagnosed)
B) B12 Deficiency, which if it goes undiagnosed can lead to pernicious anemia
C) Inadequate Vitamin D3 Levels, leaving your Immune System at risk
D) Ineffective or low levels of good intestinal gut flora, putting your immune system at risk
E) Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
When you are suffering from IBD, UC, Crohn’s, it is important for you to know that you are at risk of Osteopenia (bone loss), and Osteoporosis.
This is a direct result of: the side effects from the medications, and also the malabsorption of nutrients due to damage that has happened to your gut and colon as a result of the disease process.
Why are Osteopenia and Osteoporosis such important factors?
As Dr. Oz said in his show “… Frailty is the main reason you die too young…” And frailty is a result of weak bones, and bones that are losing bone density.
I can tell you that from my own short term use of antacids, mesalamines, and steroids prior to my developing an alternative protocol, I had Osteopenia. My doctor wanted to put me on Fosomax, but knowing these type of drugs have irreversible side effects which are quite serious, I researched alternative approaches to stop bone loss, and increase my bone density, and now I no longer have Osteopenia.
Since then, I have spoken to countless IBD and UC patients who have been diagnosed with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, and have been prescribed by their doctors, bisphosphonate drugs like Fosomax, Boniva, Reclast, among others.
So, if you’ve been on any course (regardless of how long or short) of steroids, or any of the drugs listed below in Medications That May Cause Bone Loss, please make sure you have a Bone Density Test and an evaluation of your risk factor.
What’s the problem with these drugs?
All you need to do is a google search to see lots of lawsuits, and reports of an association between bisphosphonate use and two rare (not so rare, and certainly under-reported in my opinion) but serious problems — osteonecrosis of the jaw and a specific type of fracture in the long bone of the leg (femur) — have raised concerns.
Did you doctor tell you that your medications and disease could be putting you at risk of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation has defined:
“Low Bone Density (Osteopenia)
Low bone density (osteopenia) is when your bone density is lower than normal, but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. It may mean that you have a greater chance of getting osteoporosis if you lose bone in the future because you have less bone to lose. People with low bone density are more likely to break a bone compared to people with normal bone density.
Detecting Low Bone Density
A bone density test will determine whether you have normal bone density, low bone density or osteoporosis. Having low bone density does not necessarily mean you are losing bone. Your bone density may still be considered normal for you. Some people never have normal bone density for a variety of reasons, such as genetics (your genes), body size or certain diseases and conditions. The older you are the more likely you are to have low bone density.
“Medicines that May Cause Bone Loss
Some medicines can be harmful to your bones, even if you need to take these medicines for another condition. Bone loss is usually greater if you take them in high doses or for a long time. It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of any medicines you take and about how they may affect your bones. Do not stop any treatment or change the dose of your medicines unless your healthcare provider says it’s safe to do so. If you need to take a medicine that causes bone loss, work with your healthcare provider to take the lowest possible dose to control your symptoms.
Below is a list of medicines that may cause bone loss.
- Aluminum-containing antacids
- Antiseizure medicines (only some) such as Dilantin® or Phenobarbital
- Aromatase inhibitors such as Arimidex®, Aromasin® and Femara®
- Cancer chemotherapeutic drugs
- Cyclosporine A and FK506 (Tacrolimus)
- Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) such as Lupron® and Zoladex®
- Medroxyprogesterone acetate for contraception (Depo-Provera®)
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium®, Prevacid® and Prilosec®
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Lexapro®, Prozac® and Zoloft®
- Steroids (glucocorticoids) such as cortisone and prednisone
- Tamoxifen® (premenopausal use)
- Thiazolidinediones such as Actos® and Avandia®
- Thyroid hormones in excess
Note: This list may not include all medicines that may cause bone loss.
Osteoporosis and Steroid Medicines
While steroid medicines can be lifesaving treatments for some conditions, they can also cause bone loss and osteoporosis.
These medicines are often referred to as steroids, glucocorticoids or corticosteroids. They should not be confused with anabolic steroids, which are male hormones that some athletes use to build muscle. Steroids are much like certain hormones made by your own body.
Healthcare providers prescribe them for many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis (but not osteoarthritis), asthma, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, lupus and allergies. They are often prescribed to relieve inflammation.
They are also used along with other medicines to treat cancer and autoimmune conditions and to support organ transplants. Common steroid medicines are cortisone, dexamethasone (Decadron®), methylprednisolone (Medrol®) and prednisone. Intravenous forms include methylprednisolone sodium succinate (Solu-Medrol®).
Taking steroid medicines as pills in a dose of 5 mg or more for three or more months can increase the chance of bone loss and developing osteoporosis.
Talk with your healthcare provider about taking the lowest dose for the shortest period of time for your condition. If you need to take steroid medicines for longer than this, you should take steps to prevent bone loss. While taking steroids, it is especially important to get enough calcium and vitamin D. It’s also important to exercise and not smoke. You may also want to ask your healthcare provider if you need a bone density test.”
Many of these drugs interfere with Vitamin D absorption & metabolism, may cause deficiency of folate and/or vitamin B6, and reduce blood levels of vitamin K – all of which play important roles in bone health.
So, What Can You Do? Take Algaecal, Strontium, K2, D3, and DE!
1.Take A Highly Bio-Available Form of Calcium
Not all calcium are bio-available. Several different forms of calcium are used in supplements, but they are not equally well absorbed or utilized by our bodies. YOU need the most effectively absorbed and able-to-be-utilized-by-your-bones form of calcium. Many calcium supplements are hard on your gut and are constipating. AlgaeCal is neither because it’s derived from sea-algae, a living plant.
That’s why I only take AlgaeCal.
Whereas other calcium supplements are derived from inedible rock, AlgaeCal is derived from sea-algae, i.e., from living plants that draw calcium and 70 other minerals from sea water and convert them into nourishing form. Thus, AlgaeCal’s plant-digested calcium is optimally bio-available. And many of those other minerals naturally present in AlgaeCal (also in highly bio-available form) play important roles in building bone.
AlgaeCal has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show.
Algaecal® Plus is a plant source of calcium and vital bone building minerals such as magnesium, boron, silica, strontium and more…. All derived from a South American Algae called Algas Calcareas™.
Algas Calcareas™ is USDA and IFOAM certified organic, making AlgaeCal the perfect calcium supplement for anyone looking for a raw whole food source of minerals.
This whole food calcium complex is also enhanced with the essential bone supporting ingredients, vitamin D3, vitamin K2 and Boron glucinate to create the clinically proven bone health builder, AlgaeCal® Plus.
Important Dosing Instructions if you are also Taking Strontium Boost
For optimal results, do not take strontium together with calcium because these two chemically similar minerals compete at the sites of absorption. Best to take your strontium first thing in the morning, half an hour to an hour before breakfast, or three hours after the last meal of the day. Take your AlgaeCal Plus calcium supplement separately, with a meal.
Where do I buy my AlgaeCal Plus Combo ( AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium)? Click on the link below:
2. Add Strontium – It Helps Build Bones
Strontium: Breakthrough Against Osteoporosis
by Ward Dean, MD
“…In 1985, Dr. Stanley C. Skoryna of McGill University in Montreal conducted a small-scale study that pointed to a potential role for strontium in the treatment of humans. Three men and three women with osteoporosis were each given 600 to 700 mg/day of strontium in the form of strontium carbonate. Bone biopsies were taken in each patient at the iliac crest (hip bone), before and after six months of treatment with strontium. Biopsy samples showed a 172 percent increase in the rate of bone formation after strontium therapy, with no change in bone resorption. The patients receiving strontium remarked that the pains in their bones had diminished and their ability to move around had improved…
Dr. J.Y. Reginster (2002), one of the principal strontium researchers, cautions that co-administration of strontium with calcium appears to impair strontium absorption,10 so I recommend that strontium be taken on an empty stomach, and that it especially not be taken with other multi-minerals that usually include calcium…”
Strontium Boost™ is a strontium citrate supplement that is clinically proven to increase mineral density when taken with AlgaeCal Plus®. The strontium citrate in our product is natural strontium which is an element mined from the earth. This strontium is combined with citric acid which is what is found in citrus fruits like oranges to form strontium citrate. All the ingredients found in Strontium Boost™ are completely natural.
If you are actively trying to grow bone because you have been diagnosed with osteopenia, osteoporosis or you are at risk of developing osteoporosis then it is recommended to take AlgaeCal Plus®and Strontium Boost™.
Strontium Boost Dosage Information
If you are actively trying to build bone, Strontium Boost is very important. This formula was included in the AlgaeCal Bone Health Program because recent exciting French studies have shown Strontium to be very effective in enhancing bone growth. Strontium is a naturally occurring element in the earth which is quite similar chemically to calcium. It is completely safe and non-toxic. Several studies on various forms of strontium have shown extraordinary results on bone growth, dental cavities and arthritis H.
Important Dosing Instructions
For optimal results, take 3 capsules of Strontium Boost per day.
Important Dosing Instructions if you are also Taking AlgaeCal or any Calcium product
*Do not take strontium together with calcium because these two chemically similar minerals compete at the sites of absorption. Best to take your strontium first thing in the morning, half an hour to an hour before breakfast, or three hours after the last meal of the day. Take your AlgaeCal Plus calcium supplement separately, with a meal.
Where do I buy my Strontium Boost and AlgaeCal Plus Combo ( AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium)?
click on the link below:
Strontium Boost AND Algaecal will help increase bone density, Guaranteed!
As always, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor for any possible drug interactions, especially if you are on any blood thinning medications.
“Fighting Osteoporosis With AlgaeCal!”
“I am 59 years old and have had osteoporosis for the past ten years due to frequent prednisone use for ulcerative colitis. Every year my test results have gotten worse. I tried Fosamax and Actonel, but was allergic to both of them. As I was searching the Internet for something natural that would increase bone density, I came across Algaecal. I was impressed with what I read and told my doctor that I was going to take 4 Algaecal Plus and 3 Strontium Boost daily for one year. If my bone density showed significant improvement, she could offer her patients an alternative to synthetic drugs for osteoporosis.
During this past year I had to take prednisone on four separate occasions. So, my hopes of any significant improvement seemed slim. I recently had my bone density test done (July 3,2008) – exactly one year to the day from my last one. I was amazed at the improvement.
My left hip went from a T-score of -2.6 to a -2.4. The left femoral neck of my left hip went from a -3.2 to a -2.9. There was an increase in the composite bone mineral density of 2.8%.
My total lumbar spine went from a T-score of -2.7 to a -2.3. The L3 region went from -3.0 to a -2.6, and the L4 region went from a -3.4 to a -2.7. This was an increase in the composite bone mineral density by 5.8%.
My left forearm went from a -2.8 to a -2.7. This was an increase in the composite bone mineral density by 0.5%.
In every area I improved. I am hopeful that one day I will be osteoporosis free! I am so thankful to God for leading me to this product, and I highly recommend this wonderful natural solution for osteoporosis.” – Betty Rombough , 3/18/09
“Improved My Bone Density!”
“Hi – I have just made my second big order with you and do have some exciting news to share.
My bone density was first tested five years ago when I was 55. Results were as follows:- T Score Lumbar: – 3,8 T Score Femur: – 2,7 Z Score Lumbar – 2,2 Z Score Femur – 1,5 Over the next few years I tried all sorts of natural things but my bone density kept going down and last year (2007) I was at:
T Score Lumbar – 4,3 T Score Femur – 3,1 Z Score Lumbar – 2,4 Z Score Femur – 1,7 You can imagine I was feeling a bit desperate at this point so I went on to Livial but also did some more research into the natural fields. I might add here that I have coeliac disease which I am sure has caused a problem with absorption – the calcium I was taking was just not getting through apparently. I discovered Algaecal and decided to give it a try, taking both Algaecal Plus and Strontium Boost. I found I tolerated both no problem and have taken them for a year now. Imagine my delight when I went for a bone density test a week or so ago and found my results to be better on the whole than when I was first measured. Here are the results for June 2008: T Score Lumbar – 3,8 T Score Femur – 2,5 Z Score Lumbar – 1,8 Z Score Femur – 1 So I will continue with Algaecal Plus and Strontium Boost (plus Livial for the time being) a healthy diet and reasonable exercise. I am almost sixty now, around 5ft and weigh approx 100lbs. I feel great and will let you know my results again next year – I anticipate more success! Many thanks for your excellent product and very good service.” –Carola Leonard
“Hi, in 2007 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. After one year on Fosamax there was no improvement. Still bone loss. I stopped taking it.
I found AlgaeCal and began the program. Although I have had periods where I’ve missed taking the AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost (ran out, late re-ordering), there has been continual improvement.
In 2011 scan tests showed no osteoporosis but improvement to osteopoenia. Today, 24th September 2012, scan results show NO osteo problems. Totally reversed. I have better than normal bone density for my age. I’m 62 this year. Wahoo !! Will put another order in asap and make sure I don’t forget again. Thank you AlgaeCal !” – Janice Mau, 9/24/12
“My lumbar spine density has increased 16.6% and my femoral neck density has increased by 5.1% since my last test in 2008“
“I’ve been on your regime for bone building for several years now, and am very pleased with the bone density test results from January this year. My lumbar spine density has increased by 16.6% and my femoral neck density has increased by 5.1%, since my last test in 2008.
I credit algaecal and strontium with the increase, also my diet. I do believe that changing to an alkaline diet is something that you could promote. Dairy products and most animal products have an acidic effect on the body, so promoting these as sources of calcium is perhaps inadvisable. Establishing a plant-based diet with the emphasis on the more alkaline items is very beneficial. There is a lot of medical information online to explain how the body pulls calcium from the bones when the system is acidic. It doesn’t matter how many supplements you take, if the calcium is being excreted at a great rate!
Anyway, I am convinced of the benefits of algaecal and strontium, and will continue on those supplements at least until my bone density registers in the normal range. Then I will try a couple of years without, maintaining my alkaline diet, and see how I go.
Thanks for being there” :-). Judy MacDonnell, 3/15/12
“…the 17% increase was surely the result of my taking Strontium Boost…My specialist said this was EXCEPTIONAL”
“Today I had my annual visit with the specialist treating me. He didn’t know I already had a copy of the results of the last test. So he announced to me the 17% increase, showed me the color graphic showing how I moved from the Orange area to the light Green area, skipping the Yellow area, and said: this is surely the result of my taking Strontium.
He also said this was EXCEPTIONAL results, even if sometimes there is the possibility of exaggerated or false reading, if we take 50% of that or a 8% increase in my bone density, it is still exceptional. Medication he normally prescribe gives 2 or 3% annually only. I’m very happy to hear him admit quite freely that what I was taking was the cause of my getting so much better. He told me to continue with that.” – Andre Robert
One more IMPORTANT FIX is: TAKING DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (Human Grade)
I think it’s very important to be aware of these Cascading Problems, and specifically, Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, so that you can be pro-active and to pre-empt further problems. It’s unlikely your doctor has made you aware of these.