Your lovely bones

Um...pretty?

A few months ago, while researching a story on bone health for Natural Health magazine, I learned I had not one, not two, but SIX risk factors for osteoporosis.

-Female

-Caucasian or asian

-Lower weight

-Late onset of menstruation (after age 15) or early menopause (These women have fewer years with higher levels of circulating estrogen, which helps lay down bone.)

History of an eating disorder or skipped periods due to low body fat

-History of unregulated thyroid hormones

Awesome.

What I DO have going for me: A lifetime of weight-bearing exercise, no smoking history, and an 86-year-old grandmother who, despite never having worked out a day in her life, has taken multiple spills in the past decade yet never come close to breaking a bone. Her conferring to me some of her freakish skeletal strength almost makes up for the fact that I inherited her awful toes, a set of 10 mini monstrosities that render me nearly unable to show my feet in public and send me fleeing from pedicure salons.

Needless to say, I learned a lot while writing this bone health story. Not just fun facts, like “Humans create 11 skeletons over the course of our lifetime,” but the notion that more and more experts are steering consumers away from dairy as a means of building bone, or that prunes have been shown to boost bone density.

Want to learn more? Check out my article, Skeleton Keys, in the current issue of Natural Health, or online here.

 

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8 Responses to Your lovely bones

  1. We are taking your advice seriously and not waiting until we are age 50 to start! What a surprise to learn that by eating 8-10 prunes daily, and drinking green tea rich in flavanoids will inhibit bone breakdowns. Thanks for educating us! We are planning to eat more almonds, kale, broccoli, sesame seeds, and Brussel sprouts! Your article is amazing, and we will add Strotium citrate to our bone health regimen! We thought we were covered by taking our supplements….this is a better plan. Thanks!

  2. bdaiss says:

    Wow! 11 skeletons! That’s crazy. And damn. Another reason to cut back on the ice cream. Boo.
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  3. Sarah says:

    Very interesting. I take note of my calcium intake as I’m on the Depo – I do take supplements however and eat some dairy and vegetables, and try to do weight bearing exercise. Its given me some things to think about.

    Mind you, I now have 10 lovely fingernails since taking the calcium supplement, haven’t broken one in months!
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  4. Queenie says:

    There are milk who can help you prevent osteoporosis and they are really effective. Based on research it will be best if you start drinking it as early as now. Or take some food or any beverage thats enrich with calcium. If you suspected yourself from having the risk of this bone ailment then take this method as early as today.:)
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  5. This is really a lovely and amazing skeleton. Thanks for this information. This is very useful. You give me ideas about this one.
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  6. There are possible solutions for we can be able to avoid osteoporosis. We must need to eat healthy foods, proper exercise and most important is drink milk that is perfect to prevent osteoporosis.
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  7. Seth Jaggers says:

    How likely you are to develop osteoporosis — a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — depends on how much bone mass you attain by the time you reach age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that. The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have “in the bank” and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age. “*..’

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  8. i hope, you will find the correct decision do not despair World vitamin Orthomol

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