If You're Over 50 You have a 50-50 Chance of Having Osteoporosis

Oct 19, 2004

According to the first ever report o bone health and osteoporosis by the Surgeon Generals office half of all Americans over 50 may be at risk for broken bones due to osteoporosis by 2020 if they don't take action to prevent the bone thinning disease. The report states that 10 million Americans currently have osteoporosis, and that 34 million people are at risk of developing it.

The report states that osteoporosis and other bone conditions can start a worsening trend in physical health and quality of life. Individuals can loose the ability to walk, standup, and even dress cook for themselves and there is a likelihood of early death. Among the findings of the report are the following:

  • Hip fractures send 300,000 people to the hospital each year
  • Approximately 20% of senior citizens with hip fractures will die of complications within the year
  • Another 20% of seniors with hip fractures wind up in a nursing home within the year
  • Direct-care costs for osteoporosis related fractures is $18 billion each year

The surgeon general's office offers the following preventive advice:

  • Get the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D daily.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise for adults to improve strength, coordination and balance, and 60 minutes of daily exercise for children
  • Get regular vision tests, get regular exercise for balance and coordination, remove obstacles that cause tripping and improve lighting to prevent falling

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

The nutrients that aid bone generation, maintenance, and health include the following:

  • Calcium Hydroxyapatite - a source of bone growth factors, glycosaminoglycans, Calcium, phosphorus, strontium and other essential nutrients for bone health
  • Calcium (preferably Citrate)
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • A multiple-vitamin
  • Collagen
  • Vitamin C

Factors During Childhood Increase Breast cancer Risk

Researchers analyzed the records of over 117,000 Danish girls starting as far back as the 1930s to discover clues to an increased risk of breast cancer. The researchers found that early life growth patterns in the womb and up to puberty influenced a woman's risk. The factors included:

  • The heavier a girl is at birth, the greater her risk of breast cancer.
  • Counter-intuitively, the thinnest girls at age 14 had the highest adult breast cancer risk
  • The younger a girl is when she starts her peak growth rate, the greater her risk.
  • The taller a girl is at age 14 the greater her risk.

Being heavier at birth and fast growth during childhood increases a woman's breast cancer risk. The study is published in the October 14th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

It is always a good ides to include protective foods in a young and developing girls diet. These foods include cabbage vegetables, beans and soy foods, seeds and nuts. Exercise is also helpful.