osteoporosis

  1. Go Paleo to save your bones

    It's a fact of growing older: Your bones simply aren't as strong as they used to be.

    And for many, that means reckoning with osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease where your bones become as brittle and fragile as a china set.

    After age 50, 1 in 3 women -- and 1 in 5 men -- breaks a bone because of osteoporosis.

    And aside from laying you up for weeks, a fracture (especially a major one, like your hip) can even rob you of your independence... and send you into an early grave.

    Now, I've shared with you before that beefing up your intake of calcium can increase your bone mineral density (BMD), a measure of your bone strength -- and that can certainly help.

    But according to the latest research, getting plenty of calcium is necessary, but it’s not enough on its own -- you also need to take in plenty of PROTEIN!

    In a new meta-analysis published in Osteoporosis International, researchers analyzed multiple studies on the relationship between protein intake and bone health.

    They found that as people ate MORE protein, they experienced LESS bone loss and fracture risk -- especially in their hip bones.

    That is, as long as they also got enough calcium.

    In fact, protein and calcium proved to be a dynamic duo that can up the bone-building hormones in your body.

    Now, you may have heard some rumors swirling around that protein is actually harmful for your bones -- the theory being that protein can raise "acid levels" in your blood that dissolve your bone tissue.

    But in the study, the researchers found NO evidence that eating protein would do anything of the sort.

    In fact, if you're on the older side, chances are good that you're eating too LITTLE protein… not too much!

    So, to beef up your bones, try adding a little more meat to your diet.

    Beef, chicken, fish, and pork are PACKED with protein that also holds your blood sugar steady.

    And that's important, too -- because we know that those with diabetes are more prone to fractures that those without it.

    Dairy is also an excellent choice, since yogurt, cheese, and other milk products are rich in both protein AND calcium.

    Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore, you can also boost your protein intake by eating nuts and beans -- because in the study, these plant-based protein sources proved equally as beneficial as animal sources.

    And nuts like almonds -- as well as green veggies like broccoli and leafy greens -- are rich in the calcium you need, too.

    The Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet is a delicious way to boost your intake of these bone-healthy foods -- because you'll be eating nutrient-dense meats, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, and seeds, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, rather than loading up on empty sugars.

  2. Tea improves osteoporosis

    Protect your bones with this ancient drink

    When you've got osteoporosis, it can feel like you'll never walk out your front door without fear of breakng a bone again.

    A patch of uneven pavement... an unexpected stair... or a rain-slick patio... even small hazards can become big risks for a spill that puts your fragile skeleton on the skids.

    And make no bones about it -- osteoporosis meds can come with some pretty hefty hazards, too, from A-fib to increased cancer risk.

    But according to a new study, you can step outside with renewed confidence -- because there's a natural way to increase your bone mineral density (BMD) without the harsh side effects of drugs.

    And it's something you probably have in your kitchen cupboard right now.

    Boil some water for this news... because according to a new study, drinking tea can increase your BMD and potentially reduce your risk of breaking a bone.

    The researchers evaluated 16 observational studies involving a total of nearly 140,000 people that looked at the link between tea drinking and BMD -- the first "meta-analysis" on the topic.

    After crunching the numbers, the researchers concluded that quaffing this age-old drink indeed led to improved bone density.

    And the evidence was promising in the fracture department, too.

    When two outlying studies were omitted, the analysis revealed that tea drinkers can cut their risk of a broken bone by 23 percent.

    That squares with previous research that showed that drinking at least three cups of tea each day can slash your risk of devastating bone fractures by a third.

    So, if you want bones stronger than your delicate tea cup, drink the beverage inside!

    And if you're trying to decide which type of tea to choose, go with green tea.

    Green tea is loaded with polyphenols -- a type of plant nutrient -- that may give tea its bone-strengthening power.

    Oolong tea is a runner-up in polyphenol content, but black tea has the least of these powerful compounds.

    It's still not clear exactly how tea's polyphenols work their bone-fortifying magic, but they may play a number of roles in the body -- including boosting cells that form bones and restraining cells that break them down.

    You might even want to take your tea like the British do -- with a spot of milk -- because the calcium in dairy products is also essential for bone health.

    Other rich sources of calcium include Paleo-friendly foods like fish, broccoli, leafy greens, and almonds.

    Since calcium can't work alone, be sure to get ample amounts of magnesium and vitamins D and K for strong bones, as well.

    And don't be afraid to step outside and get moving -- because regular exercise fights osteoporosis, too.

  3. Osteoporosis linked to nutritional deficiencies

    Beat back osteoporosis with more than just calcium Q: My wife has just been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Do you recommend any natural remedy she can use instead of drugs? GR: An estimated one in four women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease where the bones become brittle and fragile. It's one of the most common chronic...
  4. Osteoporosis screenings pushed on men

    There’s a new push to screen men for osteoporosis, but this isn’t about protecting their bones. It’s about trying to sell them dangerous drugs.
  5. Merck pushes forward with osteoporosis drug linked to strokes

    A top drug company scientist says Merck will seek FDA approval for osteoporosis drug odanacatib, even though it could boost your risk of atrial fibrillation or stroke.
  6. Feds ignoring call for stronger warnings on PPIs

    A leading public interest group is hauling the FDA to court for refusing to respond to a petition on the dangers of popular heartburn drugs.
  7. Fat bodies lead to fatty bones

    Fat deposits can build up inside bone, weakening them and increasing your risk of breaks, fractures and osteoporosis.
  8. Vitamin D builds stronger bone

    Low levels of vitamin D can lead to weaker bone, according to new research.
  9. Fluoride no help for thinning bones

    Fluoride is known to break bones, not save them -- so it's no surprise that a new study finds it can't help women with the bone-thinning condition osteopenia.
  10. Bone drug blocks bone growth

    A common osteoporosis med can actually block the formation of new bone, according to the latest research.

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