Friday, July 29, 2011

Sticks and stones may break my bones...

Bone loss occurs in the body over time, there are multiple factors that cause the bone to demineralise. With age we lose bone density and get a more hunchback appearance, as well as increasing our risk to bone fractures.

Causes of bone loss:
  • Genetics
  • Aging After 35 we lose 1% of bone density per year, postmenopausal women lose 4-5% of bone density annually, thus by 65 almost 30% of bone loss has occurred.
Ø  Lifestyle factors:
    • Sedentary life style Lack of weight bearing exercise and chronic bed rest add to bone loss.
    • Chronic dehydration drink at least 1.5 litres of water daily.
    • Dieting every 4.5 kg loss = 1% bone loss.
    • Stress due to increased cortisol (natural cortisone) production by the body during stress which leads to bone loss.
    • Alcohol use Alcohol breaks down calcium and prevents its’ absorption, as well as causing an increase in cortisol production. Most alcoholics are malnourished causing bone loss.
    • Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic so it increases the amount of calcium excreted by the body and prevents Vitamin D uptake.
    • Sodium High sodium meals like fast foods can lead to bone loss as well as certain drinks like mineral waters!
    • Tobacco use and second hand smoke leads to breakdown of bone and decrease collagen and bone formation.
    • Excessive exercise causes a drop in hormones of both men and women leading to bone loss.
    • Eating patterns less than 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day causes your body to be in a state of malnourishment.
    • Protein high protein diets cause an acidic presentation in the body which leads to bone loss.
Ø  Medical Conditions and Treatments:
  • There are many medical conditions that can lead to osteoporosis:
o    Anorexia
o    Systemic diseases such as Cushing’s syndrome, SLE, diabetes etc
o    Cancer 
o    Gastrointestinal disorders leading to malnourishment
o    Hyperthyroidism
o    Hyperparathyroidism
o    Scoliosis
o    And many, many more conditions
    • Medically prescribed drugs
    • Over the counter drugs pain relievers have a high caffeine content.
Can Chiropractors treat osteoporotic people?
The answer is YES! Obvious care will be taken but we can help with all the aches and pains that come along with bone loss.

What have you learnt from this article? Mainly that eating a healthy balanced diet of fruit and vegetables with 1.5 litres of water a day coupled with some exercise can keep your body young!

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187

Editors note: This is a guest post and not always the opinion or view of the blog or its owners and related parties. As a result no action can be taken against such parties. This article is to be used as a guide only. Please consult Angela on the above details or your local medical practitioner for more concise instructions.

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