Common myths about Osteoporosis and how we can prevent it?

Did you know that osteoporosis is NOT a female disorder?

I see many men as well as women in my practice who suffer from osteoporosis. 1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 8 men over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis. Men, indeed, have a higher death rate from a fracture than women.
Osteoporosis is also NOT a disease of the elderly. It is rather a disease of the pediatrics that only manifests itself in later ages.

You have a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis, if the following are present in your life:

Lifestyle factors:

  • Low sun exposure (inadequate vitamin D)
  • Drinking coffee (due to the acidic nature of coffee)
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Drinking too much alcoholism (as it can result in poor nutritional status)
  • Smoking
  • Too much exposure to stress
  • Too much antacid exposure (due to its high aluminum content)

Certain Medications:
You have higher chances of developing osteoporosis if you use certain medications
Such as: Corticosteroids, Levothyroxin for thyroid issues, PPIs for stomach problems and Prednisone (glucocorticosteroid)

If you suffer from any of the following diseases, you have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis:
Those with certain genetic factors such as celiac disease, endocrine disorders such as issues with your thyroid, hematological disorders such as thalassemia and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis are usually more prone to osteoporosis.

Certain gastrointestinal disorders such as GERD, intestinal bypass /or stomach surgeries (for weight loss) also results in changes in nutritional status which may reduce calcium absorption.

Tips for prevention of osteoporosis?

  • Ensure an adequate protein intake
  • Adequate Calcium & Vitamin D intake
  • Lower your salt intake
  • Lower your sugar intake
  • Lower consumption of soft drinks (pop). Soft drink consumption has been linked with lower bone density in adolescent girls!

Adequate calcium levels

  • If you are of 11-25 years of age you need: 1,200-1,500 m/day of Calcium
  • If you are of 25-50 years of age you need: 1,000 mg/day day of Calcium
  • If you are older than 65 years old , you’ll need: 1,500 mg/day day of Calcium

Foods and vegetables high in calcium:

  • Dark leafy greens (kale, collards, mustard greens)
  • Canned salmon, almonds, sesame seeds (tahini), soy milk, orange juice, high quality diary

Foods/vegetables to avoid for osteoporosis:

  • Avoid foods high in oxalic acid as it can bind to calcium and further inhibit absorption of calcium. These include vegetables
    such as spinach, beet tops, chard, rhubarb

You do not necessarily need to take calcium supplements, but if your naturopathic doctor decides that your calcium intake is not high enough then you would have to take supplements.

Best time to take calcium supplements:
It is best to take calcium in divided doses and avoid taking it at night as parathyroid hormone is active at night pulls calcium out of bone. There are different types of calcium supplement and I can decide which type you should take. If you need someone to help guide you with that you can call (416) 684-55-14 or Call or email us at (416) 684-55-14 or email to book your appointment today.