Osteoporosis – Newly Discovered Treatment!

The definition of osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones. It is a symptom of menopause and a growing concern as the baby boomers are starting to age. Bones are constantly growing and most of your skeleton is replaced every 10 years. For people with osteoporosis, however, bone loss happens faster than the growth of new bones; they become porous, brittle, and prone to fracture. As many as 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass (osteopenia).

Causes of Osteoporosis

Low estrogen

  • Symptom of Menopause
  • Young women who have stopped menstruating
  • Women who are anorexic
  • Having both ovaries removed

Other hormone imbalances

  • Parathyroid Hormone – causes calcium loss in the urine at the expense of the bones
  • Growth Hormone – As we age, our body produces less growth hormone, which is needed to build strong bones.

Lack of calcium
Lack of vitamin D
Lack of weight bearing exercise
Thyroid Conditions
Smoking
Medical Conditions
Too Much Alcohol

New Treatment For Osteoporosis

As reported in the "ScienceDaily" in September 2010, scientists from Maine are on the trail of a weight loss drug that may revolutionize how we treat osteoporosis and obesity. A new report, published in the "FASEB Journal" describes the newly discovered protein, called "Sprouty", as responsible for regulating body fat and bone mass.

The study was done on different groups of mice specifically bred to have some human genes. They found that the more of this protein the group received, the leaner and stronger they became. The group that didn’t receive the Sprouty gene had increased body fat and loss of bone mass similar to osteoporosis. The bone loss was then reversed when the group was given more Sprouty.

Osteoporosis is a serious health issue and will increase in frequency as the population ages. New diet supplements, such as Sprouty, will hopefully provide the support women need to alleviate osteoporosis symptoms.

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