I am commenting about the article; Eating to Prevent Osteoporosis. After much research on this subject and also under the care of a renowned researcher in Osteoporosis who has been the President of the National Osteoporosis Foundation I think that there are several factors besides diet that need to be addressed when considering how to treat Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.( the precurser to Osteoporosis). Diet alone WILL NOT PREVENT THIS CONDITION as stated in the article.One needs to know what their level of Vit. D is. This is called serum 25 (OH)D
It is one of several blood tests that physicians use to determine the treatment for the latter conditions.
Normal values of Vit. D range from 30.0-100.0 NG/ML.depending on lab. values. Vit. D in adequate levels are needed to ABSORB CALCIUM in whatever form you take it.
My D level was 4NG/ML and so my physician put me on 50,000 international units of Vit D ( 1 pill) every month until my blood levels of D were withing the correct range.)
Dr. Felicia Cosman( Helen Hayes hospital) also told me to take 2 tums( 1000mg) of Calcium every day and of course try to injest dietary Calcium into to my diet..
Although the article pointed out what foods were beneficial to supply the body with the essential nutrients that MAY help to keep Osteoporos at bay, at the present time clinical research is going on to find out what diets, drugs, will stop this disease from progressing to bone fracture.This comment is based upon reading medical articles about the causes of Osteoporosis and speaking with Dr. Cosman..
There are also other factors( risks and medications) that leach Calcium from the bones.Prednisone is one of the drugs that leach calcium from the bones.Dr. Cosman's articles, interviews and videos can be Googled. I am not trying to advocate seeing her as a physician of choice but rather to let you get acquainted with medical facts based on scientific studies that will give you a basis upon which you might make decisions about this condition if you have it.
I think that anyone who is concerned about either disease should seek out a physician who SPECIALIZES in these illnesses and be guided by what they think.
Of course it never hurts to do your own research too.
New drugs are on the market like IV. Reclast and also an injection that is self given every day. Some people can't tolerate drugs like Fosamax so the latter approach may help. As far as the feared side effect (Osteogenesis of the jaw bone )is concerned: All of the oral drugs, injectables and Reclast may cause this side effect. However it is very, very RARE!
Elizaneth aka Elizabeth RN.
- 2/7/2010 11:04:42 AM