Osteoporosis in Latin means ‘porous bones’ and it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. Bones gradually become weaker in Osteoporosis, a progressive disease causing changes in posture, and making one extremely susceptible to bone fractures. The internal structure of the bone weakens as the normal “sponge-like” interior framework of the bone develops larger and more numerous “holes.”
The disease is often painless and presents no symptoms. Many times, osteoporosis is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures in the back, wrist or hips. Adults actually start to develop osteoporosis after total bone mass has peaked—around age 35. In women, the rate of bone loss speeds up after menopause, when estrogen levels fall.
During Dr. Andersons undergraduate studies he always had an interest how proper exercise and lifestyle generally led generally to peoples having stronger bone structures than those that did not exercise (unless there was protein/calorie malnutrition.)
There is one obvious factor in modern times that destroys bone density that was not present in traditional societies – the “soft drink” – a bone’s worst enemy. Why? Commercial soft drinks just wouldn’t taste so “refreshing” if one removed the phosphoric acid. That acid strips calcium from the bones, and limited studies have already shown that. You might just imagine that Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, and other soft drink giants would not support such research.
In 2010 the Los Angeles Times reported a study on just this subject:
“In a large, well-designed study published by Tucker and colleagues in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2006, women enrolled in the ongoing Framingham Osteoporosis Study who drank just three or more colas a week had a 3.7% to 5.4% lower bone mineral density in their hip bones when compared with women who didn’t drink the beverage.
The study also showed what scientists call a dose response: The more soda participants drank, the lower their bone mineral density. The effect was seen only with colas — non-cola soft drinks, such as ginger ale and orange soda, had no effect on bone density. That finding led Tucker and colleagues to suggest that the phosphoric acid in cola is behind its bone-weakening effects. Phosphoric acid is added to colas for its tangy flavor. It’s not normally found in the food chain, Tucker says. When ingested, it causes the acidity of the blood to increase; to adjust the blood’s pH, the body draws calcium out of bones and into the bloodstream.
At Premier Wellness we use high quality nutritional supplements along with exercise and lifestyle recommendations to enhance bone density in our attempt to halt the progression of osteoporosis. One of the companies we use for supplementation, Metagenics, has many studies on file to corroborate the use of their supplements. One of the older studies can be reviewed at this link: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Dr. Anderson counsels his patients to specifically address nutritional and lifestyle factors to help prevent osteoporosis and to delay its onset.