Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by thinning of the bone. It is a disease that is associated with aging but it is not a normal part of aging. The incidence of osteoporosis increases with age.Many of the 8 million women in the United States who have osteoporosis don’t recognize that they are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds.Another study found --The women who took lasofoxifene had an 81% lower risk of estrogen-receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, a 32% lower risk of heart-related events like heart attack, and a 36% lower risk of stroke. "This is the first SERM that reduces the risk of all of these conditions at once."

People consider osteoporosis a woman's disease. That's not completely off base because the majority of osteoporosis cases affect women. However, out of the 10 million Americans who have the disease, 2 million of them are men. That's 20%. A recent study reported that older men and women who suffer a low-trauma fracture due to osteoporosis are at increased risk of dying for 5 to 10 years following the injury, compared to the general population. Those who experience another fracture increase their risk of death for an additional 5 years.

Many women are affected by osteoporosis after the menopause, when the body's production of estrogen decreases. Estrogen is the hormone that principally strengthens the bone mass in women, and it is also of significance for the skeleton in men. Treatment of osteoporosis with estrogens is, however, associated with serious side effects such as breast cancer and blood clots.

Can acupuncture help Osteoporosis?

Chinese Gansu College of TCM released a research about it,their conclusion is Acupuncture plus acupoint sticking of Migudan has definite therapeutic effect on primary osteoporosis

Reference:Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2006 Feb;26(2):87-90

Osteoporosis is most often seen in older people, but it can occur in younger people as well. Women, especially post-menopausal women, are the most susceptible to developing osteoporosis, but that doesn't mean that men can't get it, too. It's estimated that 80% of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis are women—meaning that 2 million men are living with osteoporosis. Curing osteoporosis is not possible. Once the bone is lost, it is not easily rebuilt. Preventing osteoporosis is, fortunately, fairly easy. If others in your family have osteoporosis, you need to be especially careful since your chance of having problems is increased.


Can acupuncture help with osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease of the skeleton in which the bones lose density and deteriorate. People with this disease have brittle bones and are susceptible to injuries of the hip, spine and wrist. According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass.
According to Annie Sturman, a licensed acupuncture physician and owner of Annie Sturman Acupuncture, osteoporosis in Chinese medicine is related to the kidney. So in acupuncture herbs are used to strengthen the kidney system along with needle treatment. The kidney's energy in the body is located in the low back, and with herbs it helps eradicate pain and increase the bones density. Sturman says that herbs are used to target the kidneys because the kidneys make marrow and the marrow makes the bones. Food also strengthens that organ, which helps strengthen bones, hair, teeth, and nails. "So if somebody comes in and they have bad teeth, thin hair, poor nails, or low back pain, then that can give us an indication of what we, as acupuncturists, need to do," she says. She feels that the traditional Chinese medicine approach to health offers the most holistic solution for eradicating the source of bone diseases. The traditional medical theory states that the kidneys are in charge of the bones, dominate the growth of marrow and promote the general essence and energy believed to be responsible for health and vitality throughout the body. The growth, development, repair and senility of the skeleton are closely related to the kidneys.

A study was done with 42 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50-70. The study was conducted between March 1999-January 2000, and Zhong Yi Za Zhi, a journal of Chinese Medicine, administered it. All of the women who were diagnosed with osteoporosis were broken into two groups - the treatment and comparison group. The treatment group received acupuncture for six months. After six months, all the women in the treatment groups had in increase in bone density. As this study shows, acupuncture accompanied by supplementation of calcium and vitamin D is more effective for treating osteoporosis than without acupuncture treatment.

The goal of acupuncture is to prevent osteoporosis before it attacks. Specific points can stimulate the growth of bone tissues and replace the tissue loss to prevent the decrease in bone density, according to Advanced Acupuncture.com, a website dedicated to acupuncture education. Acupuncture can also help strengthen muscles to help support body weight, causing less pressure on the bones. Acupuncture also helps patients who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis by easing pain.

According to Acupuncture.com, a website for Chinese natural medicine, osteoporosis is a major threat to an estimated 44 million Americans or 55% of people 50 years or older. Significant risk has been reported in people of all ethnic backgrounds, but more prevalent in Asian women. Some of the herbs that are given in acupuncture to help ease pain and give bones more density are calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K and dura-bone elixir, which is an excellent supplement to strengthen bones and tendons and help stave off osteoporosis.

Written by Annie Sturman - © 2002 Pagewise


Osteoporosis Drugs Cause Dental Disaster

The conclusion of dentists who are seeing an alarming increase of patients experiencing severe dental problems following their use of prescription osteoporosis drugs called biphosphonates, a new warning about biphosphonates has been published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. It was authored by Dr. Parish Sedghizadeh, an assistant professor of clinical dentistry at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in Los Angeles.....

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Acupoint-injection has a definite therapeutic effect on lumbago-leg pain induced by primary osteoporosis, and the therapeutic effect of the Jiaji point group is better than the reinforcing kidney and strengthening spleen point group.(source:Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 Apr;28(4):261-4

HONG KONG (Reuters) - People over 60 years old who have had a fracture because of reduced bone density, or osteoporosis, face a higher risk of death over the next 10 years, a study in Australia has found.

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine study has found a possible mechanism: Alcohol disturbs genes necessary for maintaining healthy bones.The findings could help in the development of new drugs to minimize bone loss in alcohol abusers. Such drugs also might help people who don't abuse alcohol but are at risk for osteoporosis.

Elderly MEN AND WOMEN, may reach for calcium supplements in hopes of protecting themselves against bone fractures in case of a fall. But a recent analysis of several studies found no reduction in risk of hip fracture with calcium supplementation.

People who have osteoporosis are more likely to also have vertigo, according to a study published in the March 24, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.Vertigo is an inner ear disorder that is a common cause of dizziness. The disorder is believed to be caused by loose calcium carbonate crystals that move in the sensing tubes of the inner ear.

Osteoporosis is a condition that can result in an increased susceptibility to broken bones, including hip fractures. Treatment of hip fractures has been shown to be more successful when the underlying osteoporosis is also managed appropriately. Unfortunately, most often osteoporosis treatment is often neglected.

There are ways to prevent osteoporosis, and eating a healthy diet is one of the easiest and most enjoyable. But unfortunately, not all foods are beneficial for your bones. In fact, some nutrients may harm your bones when consumed in high amounts.

A recent study of 610 elderly white women who have had one or more vertebral fractures in the past found that those with kyphosis (aka hunchback) faced a greater risk of death from any cause. Interestingly, this increased risk did not have much to do with any osteoporosis they may have had. The researchers found that women who had either kyphosis or vertebral fractures, but not both, were more likely to live longer. This long term study was published in the May 19, 2009 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

A first-of-its-kind osteoporosis drug lowers the risk of bone fractures better than some existing treatments, two studies suggest, and could soon add a more expensive but easier option to the booming market.

The risk factors for osteoporosis in men are of significant concern. They include:

* Undiagnosed low levels of the sex hormone testosterone
* Long-term use of certain medications, including steroids (not uncommon among athletes), some cancer treatments, and anticonvulsants
* Chronic disease that affects the intestines, kidneys, lungs, and stomach and changes hormone levels
* Smoking
* Excessive alcohol use
* Inadequate exercise
* Low intake of calcium

Latest research:The "general regulation" acupuncture-cupping therapy can effectively increase life quality of the patient with osteoporosis, which is an effective therapy for osteoporosis.source:Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 Dec;28(12):873-5

An existing osteoporosis drug is the first ever found to prevent cartilage loss from osteoarthritis following injury to a joint, and may also regenerate some cartilage that has been lost to osteoarthritis, according to a new study Researchers are reporting new evidence that green tea -- one of the most popular beverages consumed worldwide and now available as a dietary supplement -- may help improve bone health. They found that the tea contains a group of chemicals that can stimulate bone formation and help slow its breakdown.(sciencedaily)

ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2009) — People with celiac disease may develop osteoporosis because their immune system attacks their bone tissue, a new study has shown.

More men are developing osteoporosis and not anybody can say exactly why. It’s true that some medications affect bone health and regeneration. Osteoporosis in anyone is definitely encouraged by non-activity and poor diet. Vitamin supplements may help, yet are not a cure-all. An easy interactive tutorial can be used in evaluating your own risk factors.
Some risk factors relating to the acceleration of osteoporosis are: alcoholism, anorexia nervosa, asthma, breast cancer, celiac disease, diabetes, immobility (as from bed rest), inflammatory bowel disease, lactose intolerance, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. This listing points to the fact that difficulties in maintaining a balanced diet through compulsions or digestive factors, lack of exercise, by choice or imposed, and immune system issues often contribute to the development of holey bones.

Myth #1: Osteoporosis is painful.
Myth #2: You have to fall to break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Myth #3: All osteoporotic fractures are painful.
Myth #4: Osteoporosis is unlikely if your posture is normal.
Myth #5: Only postmenopausal women get osteoporosis.
Myth #6: Calcium and vitamin D are adequate treatments for most cases of osteoporosis
Myth #7: Aggressive treatment of osteopenia (sometimes called "pre-osteoporosis") is always necessary.
Myth #8: Osteoporosis is inevitable.
Myth #9: Osteoporosis is not a big deal.
Myth #10: It's impossible to build bone beyond a certain age.

Linked medical name:Osteopenia: Mild thinning of the bone mass. Osteopenia represents a low bone mass and is not as severe as osteoporosis. Osteopenia results when formation of new bone (osteoid synthesis) is not sufficient to offset normal bone loss (osteoid lysis).