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November 16, 2007

If you want to stand up tall when you’re old, you might want to start when you’re young. While osteoporosis, or thinning of bone density, usually hits most women after they have gone through menopause, there are steps they can take in their early years to lessen just how much bone they eventually lose.

 The most important factor in bone health is genetics, according to Dr. Roberto Pacifici.

Women between the ages of 12 and 20, the prime bone-growing years, should be aware of what makes their bodies, and specifically their bones, stronger or weaker. The most important factor in bone health is genetics, according to Dr. Roberto Pacifici, chief of edndocrinology at Emory University, so with a chuckle, he advises women “to make sure they choose healthy parents.”

But after that, Pacifici says, young women need to make sure their estrogen production levels are normal, first by making sure they are having normal menstrual periods, which is usually achieved by proper nutrition. Second, by avoiding certain medications that inhibit estrogen production, such as steroids and cortisone.

Want strong bones? Start early [CNN]

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  1. Valerie Gibbs permalink
    November 20, 2007 2:57 am

    My whole family has struggled with osteoporosis for generations. I recently found out that we take more calcium in the US than any other country in the world, but we still have the highest rate of osteoporosis.

    I also found a book, Ageless Spine, Lasting Health that talks about the skeletal alignment of people in the world that carry heavy loads on their heads and don’t deveolop back pain problems. The book talks about how every baby in the world finds the plumb line when learning how to stand up and walk, and the people who carry heavy loads, and people who grow very old with straight spines all have the same bone alignment. The book is full of photos of people all over the world who have healthy bones and good alignment.

    Why don’t we already know this stuff? Why do we just rely on medications and supplements? My friend who works in a nursing home says that all the old people who have osteoporosis and rounded backs, also have “tucked under pelvis” and that this is the cause of much of our modern collapse, just like what is talked about in the book.

    I wish doctors and health professionals would look at the real causes of the problems. I am learning to overcome many of the posture problems that all the women in my family suffered from. It’s a lot of hard work, but it is worth it, and what we all believe about standing up straight is all wrong when you compare it to how “natural” people stand, etc. It is really making a big difference! Posture is a dirty word in many peoples’ minds, but it really makes a lot of sense. The book I’m talking about is written by Kathleen Porter who traveled all over the world to gather her information. Dr. Northrup, who has been on Oprah endorses her ideas. You should check it out.

  2. November 21, 2007 8:42 am

    I Sufffered with osteoporosis for months. Tried all sorts of medication for the pain, and got nothing but side effects!

    My doctor then suggested i try a Baxolve. It was an absolute godsend. The pain relief was instant, and more importantly, no side effects.

    I would suggest it to anyone with lower back pain.

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