The typical path is that bone thinning and loss is first picked up in an x-ray or bone scan. If it’s picked up on x-ray, you have lost over 30% of bone mass; that’s late in the game. The bone density scans can pick up decreasing density, but typically are done once every 2 years; a lot can happen in two years.
Bone building activity naturally decreases as a person gets older, and bone breakdown activity ramps up. The obvious assumption is that the bone breakdown would slow with age too... but here is the MAJOR ISSUE and CONCEPT...aging does not directly cause osteoporosis, but the inflammatory conditions that accompany aging do.
When there’s inflammation happening, the cells that breakdown bone have a shorter lifespan, but they become much more aggressive…and start breaking down the bone more.
Taking calcium and vitamin D and engaging in weight-bearing exercise, although helpful, will not match the overpowering destructive nature of chronic inflammation.
Osteoporosis is not just a breaking down of bones; it is a breaking down of the body’s entire physiology. You have to address your whole body.
Medications for osteoporosis can be extremely valuable, but they are overprescribed and almost never used as they should be—as an adjunct to a solid therapeutic protocol based on nutrition and lifestyle. Everyone would like to find the magic pill that replaces hard work and self discipline. And everyone wants to start Tomorrow....
I heard a saying that said, “If you wait until all your glasses match, you will never have anyone over for dinner.” If we apply that principle to health, “If you wait until you ...(feel good, have energy, slept enough, have extra money, have time) to begin, you will never begin."
"He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap."Ecclesiastes 11:4
Let me clearly state that I in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS DO NOT ADVOCATE getting your health directive from YouTube, some book you read, or Facebook (haven’t we seen their political slant that should NEVER be applied to health and new age Genesis 11 beliefs???).
Like Ecclesiastes states, there is nothing new under the sun. There is no shortcut for effort, discipline, and application of the truth that you may already know. Also, as we age, more effort is required to achieve the same or less results. God numbers our days, and we attempt to be good stewards of the vessel He gave us.
1. Eat healthy - medicine is for disease; food is for health. Look for quality over quantity.
2. Use supplements — they work. If your past the point of “general heath,” get labs to see what you need. You can spend a lot of money shooting at everything, but maybe not what YOU need.
3. Get labs done for bone resorption markers. Know if you are breaking down or building more bone.
4. Balance - balance - balance. Balance your gut health, hormones, and inflammation. 5. Check your acid-alkaline balance.
6. Exercise. Daily. Often. The best type of exercise is the type you will ACTUALLY do.
7. Flush toxins. Sometimes our bodies need a spring cleaning, too.
8. Recheck - reevaluate and adjust. Our body is not static. What works when your working may not work if you become more sedentary.
Overwhelmed? Start small. Focus on one thing and succeed. Build success on top of success. Line upon line: it takes effort to make any choice. Make a good one and treat yourself like someone God loves, because He does.
Joyfully serving her Saviour in her blessed position of wife and mother, Dr. Michelle Zarrillo has a unique perspective on health related issues. As a working chiropractor and an avid reader, she has many opportunities to practice that which she learns. Educating her children at home and discovering their special needs has further challenged her to examine the connection between the physical, mental and spiritual realms of the human nature. Her passion for healthier living and her quest for the Creator’s ways of healing keep her pressing forward in search of truth.