Posts Tagged ‘Bone Loss’
Several patients in the last month have decided not to take the “unnatural” risk of taking medication for their Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. They have been scared by the media emphasis on rare possible risks and side effects of taking osteoporosis medication. They are not aware of the much greater Natural Fracture Risk of being a Post-menopausal Woman.
One patient specifically cited the risk of OsteoNecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) as her reason. Her risk of ONJ if she takes an Antiresorptive is less than 1 /10,000 per year. Her FRAX calculation shows a total fracture risk of 1/10 per year and hip fracture of 1/35 per year if she does not take medication. She is 1000 times more likely to fracture without medication as she is to have ONJ with medication. Natural Risk can be a Bummer!
Fracture Risk is much more than Bone Mineral Density (BMD) or t-score. Many medical conditions cause bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures. Blood tests can detect medical problems.
Mothers sacrifice many things for their children. But did you know that they sacrifice their bones? Children come first, even at the xpense of the mother’s bone health.
Before childbirth, protein, calcium, and other nutrients are directed toward the baby, at the expense of the mother’s health if necessary. After childbirth it gets worse. Nursing mothers must supply enough calcium, protein and other nutrients for the child to more than double in size. Bones are particularly hard hit as the baby’s bones begin to take on more and more calcium.
Use It Or Loose It applies to bone strength. We all know that muscle must be used to remain strong. Orthopedic surgeons have known for decades that unused bone disappears. Put a leg in a cast for 2-3 months, and it is years before bone and muscle size and strength fully return.
Bone strength is much easier to maintain than rebuild. You cannot put off regular moderate exercise until “next year”. What is lost, is lost. Even medications can only partially help to replace it.