Osteoporosis affects 30% of postmenopausal women, but also affects younger people as well as men. Unfortunately, despite complicated therapy, the bone condition of people with osteoporosis often remains unchanged, as is the high likelihood of a femur fracture. Fortunately, recent research indicates that there is a new way to strengthen bones and improve the outlook for osteoporosis patients.
The bone skeleton not only gives structure to your body. It is a peculiar storage of nutrients from which various organs draw. The bones play a similar role as the pantry at the kitchen, where you keep cans and preparations for the winter, which you refill in the summer. The problem begins when the body absorbs more minerals from the bones than it can deliver back.
The inside of a healthy bone has small spaces that resemble honeycombs. Unfortunately, with age, with the decrease of female or male hormones, due to various diseases and by the drugs taken, these spaces increase. This results in a loss of strength and density of guests both inside and outside. The bones are getting weaker and thinner.
The disease can run for years without symptoms until a fracture of the femur or hip bone occurs during a fall, sneezing, coughing or even performing routine activities - walking or standing. Osteoporosis most often affects older women, but due to lifestyle or health, it also affects young people or men. Risk factors include:
The condition of the skeletal system is most often determined by densitometry (bone density testing) of the femur and x-rays.
Standard treatment consists of daily calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation, and taking prescription medications once a week or month. However, contrary to what most people think, bones are not just calcium!
The composition of the bones resembles more a fragment of the Mendeleev's table than school chalk, consisting of calcium alone, and that's good! Chalk is very easy to break, because it is hard. It is the remaining minerals that decide about the elasticity of the bones, which prevents fractures, even when falling.
What makes bones besides calcium?
Magnesium, fluorine, potassium, zinc, copper, boron, manganese and silicon. Some occur in the skeleton in trace amounts, on the order of 1-2 grams, but despite this they play an important role in it. Studies show that their reduced dietary intake negatively affects the state of the skeletal system. Scientists were particularly interested in silicon, the main source of which in the diet is whole grain products, vegetables and fruits. Silicon has proved to be an effective drug for osteoporosis in numerous studies.
Silicon supplementation leads to:
All this makes the bone not only heavier, but also denser and more elastic. In other words - younger!
However, is it possible to add a silicon supplement to the calcium and vitamin D3 therapy already prescribed? Will silicon increase its effects? Scientists decided to check it.
In a 2008 study, they tested two groups - in the first woman, they only supplemented calcium and vitamin D3, in the second, women additionally received a silicon supplement. After a year it turned out that bone density improved in both groups, but in the one with silicon the result was much better.
Osteoporosis stereotypes are still alive, but the latest scientific reports change the views of specialists. Who knows - maybe in a few years silicon will be prescribed as an addition to the standard treatment. You don't have to wait for it...