Osteoporosis: Beyond Diet and Lifestyle

In the first volume of Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide, I extensively discussed multiple dietary and lifestyle factors that impact the disease and how to modify these factors accordingly to significantly help prevent or reverse the condition. For most, this would be sufficient, but for many others, this will not be enough.

The body must be viewed as an interconnected unit. In other words, treating a bone disease does not stop at supporting the bones in isolation. Several other organs such as, but not limited to, the thyroid gland,  parathyroid glands, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract majorly impact the state of the skeleton. Dysfunction in any of the aforementioned organs, which can even be asymptomatic, needs to be carefully managed in order to support bone health.

An excerpt from the second volume, titled Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide: The Organ Function:

“As the second volume of Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide, this book focuses on organ function as it relates to bone health. If not already done so, it is imperative that the first volume, titled “Lifestyle and Nutrition”, is thoroughly read as necessary diet and lifestyle practices are still fundamental to achieving optimal bone health irrespective of any other secondary issue. In fact, in such instances, it will be even more important to maximize the bone-promoting benefits from diet and a healthy lifestyle.

A malfunctioning of even one or multiple major organ systems will in turn negatively affect bone metabolism, regardless of adequate dietary and lifestyle support, and the effects can be quite dramatic. For example, if the intestinal permeability barrier of the small intestine is compromised, nutrient absorption is obstructed and severe osteoporosis will result. Organ dysfunction is not always obvious; often, it can be asymptomatic, and therefore it is advised that even those who think they are completely healthy familiarize themselves with the contents of this book in the event that they may be affected. It will always be pertinent to pay attention to your own symptoms and get frequent blood tests and “check-ups” to look for anything abnormal. Worsening bone density results and continuous fractures after making multiple “pro-bone” lifestyle adjustments will be another suggestive sign that organ dysfunction is a possibility.

Treating organ dysfunction and/or adding specialized management regimes beyond that of a good diet and supportive lifestyle is needed to combat secondary osteoporosis resulting from impaired organ function. Some organ systems with a prominent role in skeletal health discussed here are the gut (small intestine), parathyroid glands, the thyroid, the kidneys, and the liver, to name a few.”

The new book is available on Amazon here.


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