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Low bone density (Osteoporosis or Osteopenia) Is this a disease of calcium deficiency alone?

Low bone density (Osteoporosis or Osteopenia) Is this a disease of calcium deficiency alone? | Mr Vitamins
OsteoporosisAn estimated 1.2 million Australians have Osteoporosis and another 5.4 million are affected by osteopenia, a potential precursor to osteoporosis. Calcium supplementation and / or drug therapy has become the 'default' treatment for low bone density.

What are the causes of Osteoporosis?

However, there are other factors aside from calcium deficiency that can contribute to low bone density. These include:
  • Hormone deficiencies such as oestrogen or testosterone that occur after menopause and andropause
  • Lack of weight-bearing exercise
  • Coeliac disease
  • Suboptimal nutrient absorption capacity. A specific pathology test for malabsorption can be done
  • Suboptimal digestive capacity due to insufficient production of digestive enzymes
  • Excessive tissue acidity which can arise from excessive intake of acid-forming foods such as sugar and refined carbs
  • A diet lacking in alkaline foods such as leafy green vegetables
  • Low vitamin D levels or suboptimal vitamin D usability. The latter can have a genetic origin
Naturopaths and nutritionists are equipped to ensure all relevant considerations of an individual’s bone density status are addressed. One of the more difficult aspects of managing low bone density for many people is the correct type and intensity of exercise. It is important to realise that regular attendance at a gym IS NOT essential. Addressing all of the above contributing factors will be more likely to yield satisfactory improvements in bone density than just taking a calcium supplement. Want to know more? Talk to Naturopath Peter Radi…

Peter Radi – Naturopath and Nutritionist

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Peter Radi is a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist and has been in clinical practice since 2000. He is available for private consultations at the Mr Vitamins Clinic where he can provide you with more information to help you with low bone density, as well as personalised health improvement programs. Learn more about Peter here