Getting older upsets the balance between bone formation and bone destruction in which leads to osteoporosis, defined by decreased bone mass and greater chance for fractures. Current information now suggests that the imbalance which occurs is actually from formation of bone creating osteoblast cells from mesenchymal cells at the time of aging and these cells produce more fat cells. This new understanding of this increased age change of cell type production has been determined by researchers, headed by Hiroshi Takayanagi, of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan, the research was done on mice. The information produced could possibly give new ways of research for those establishing ways to treat age related osteoporosis.
In their study, the gene regulatory protein Maf was discovered to advance mesenchymal cell production of osteoblasts and inhibit their production of fat cells. Compatible to this mice deficient in Maf revealed obstructed bone formation. Also, Maf amounts were discovered to lessen in mice mesenchymal cells upon aging and to become decreased by heightened oxidative stress, which occurs when aging. Both the writers and an adjoining commentary by Laurie McCauley, from the University of Michigan, Ann Harbor, conclude these findings could bring new ways to treat age related osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis weakens the bones and add to the chances of unexpected fractures. Serious results can come from some of the fractures. Currently in the United States 10 million persons have osteoporosis and millions of others have low bone mass called osteopenia putting them at risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures. Osteoporosis can happen at any age although it is most common in older females. Eighty percent of persons in the U. S. who have osteoporosis are women.
There are alternative care practices that can aide in the prevention and condition of osteoporosis. The treatments focus on maintaining or building of stronger bones. Over half the persons who seek to prevent or manage osteoporosis will seek out alternative treatments.
As we all are aware calcium and vitamin D aides in making the bones strong. Low fat, milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources. Foods that include added calcium should be added to the diet such as orange juice, cereal and breads. Magnesium aides in producing the hormone in which the body needs to absorb calcium.
Vitamin D dosages each day:
From birth to 50 years old 200 IU
51 years to 70 years old 400 IU
Over 70 years old 600 IU
Calcium each dosages each day:
Birth to 6 months 210mg
7 to 12 months 270mg
1 to 3 years old 500mg
4 to 8 years old 800mg
9 to 18 years old 1300mg
19 to 50 years old 1000mg
51 years old and older 1200mg
Magnesium doses is half the dose for calcium.
Exercises depend on your age and fitness level. Therefore, the exercises can vary. The three most effective ones are:
Flexibility exercises such as yoga and Tia Chi. They provide the joints to be more mobile, prevent muscle injury and increase posture.
Strength training exercises such as weight lifting, exercise bands and even water exercises. These all increase muscle and bone strength in which will slow done loss of bone minerals. It also helps to prevent compression fractures.
Weight bearing exercises such as weight lifting and aerobics with weights can slow done mineral loss and lessens the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Due to the fact there is no known cure for osteoporosis, treatments are designed to build bone destiny and prevent the condition from occurring or slowing down its progression. On going chiropractic care can alleviate pain associated to osteoporosis if you already have the condition, it also aides in the treatment of injuries due to the condition. Regular treatments in chiropractic care will also increase and maintain mobility and range of motion which can aide in prevention of falls and fractures. It is important that you notify your practitioner if you already have osteoporosis or osteopenia so they can fit your treatments to your condition.
A study in which the Osteoporosis Research and treatment center was part of in evaluating the role of chiropractic care and osteoporosis have come to the final conclusion that can evaluate and treat patients for osteoporosis. Chiropractic participation in diagnosing, preventing and treating osteoporosis should be a collaborative association with physicians to treat osteoporosis patients.
Several studies have shown results with the use of acupuncture for osteoporosis and osteopenia. It has been known to give results which were equal to known prescription medications. Some acupuncture points which are used is the point of indentation on top of breast bone and every several inches down your body.
To aide in stronger bones there are certain points in which are used such as bladder 54 and 60 on both sides of the body.
Acupuncture can be effective if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis.Sources:
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