Peptides for Osteopenia Prevention and Bone Health

Osteopenia treatment through the use of bio-identical hormones and peptide supplementation is for many an alternative health option. The fact is however, that much of what causes the development of Osteopenia is linked to our hormonal system, thus making corrections where needed is an obvious fix.

What is Osteopenia | What Causes it?

  • Osteopenia is the onset of bone loss and degenerative bone disease.
  • Hormonal signalling we had as children and into our early 20‚Äôs prevents bone fragility. As children, the skeletal bones are undergoing rapid growth. Whenever there is a bone fracture, it heals quickly.
  • Into our youth, we find that new bone tissue grows faster than the breakdown of the old bone tissue.
  • At approx 18 years of age our GH levels are sitting at 95% of our peak bone mass. But we age, and with ageing you can anticipate bone degeneration.
  • At the age of 30, growth hormone levels are on their decline and with this bone mineral density also suffers a significant decline.
  • With age, we experience bone loss which appears to occur faster than the growth of new bone tissue. There is also a slowed down healing from bone injuries.
  • Bone loss that is chronic will eventually lead to low bone mineral density or Osteopenia.
  • Following this is the deterioration of bone tissue, which is referred to as Osteoporosis.

What are the early signs of osteopenia?

Bone loss is a condition that often does not result in a patient experiencing symptoms. This makes it hard to take preventative measures if there are no signs of its existence. There are several early warning signs however that can be identified and should be investigated for accuracy.

Jaw Bone Loss

In studies involving women, jaw bone loss has been associated with lower levels of bone mineral density. This is evident in areas such as the vertebral bodies of the lumbar spine.

Muscular Strength

Studies involving postmenopausal women indicate that overall muscular strength, particularly that of grip strength had a strong association with bone mineral density.

Exercise is paramount in the prevention of bone loss. If you are not currently active, then realise this is a significant risk factor in bone mass depletion and must be rectified.

Osteoporosis has been shown to have a strong association with a decline in physical activity. Regardless if you have been sedentary for most of your life, it is not too late to begin a self-paced exercise program for the improvement of overall health and wellness.

Aches and Pains

Aches and pains are accepted as a symptom of getting older. The cause of this discomfort should always be looked into, however, because muscle and bone pain may very well be a sign of severe vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is essential for bone remodelling, and many of us do not receive an adequate supply. Sun exposure is a rich source of vitamin D, however too often sunscreens are applied before we venture outside, and the fact is, they block vitamin d production. Experts have discovered that vitamin D deficiency has reached alarming proportions.

It has been shown that for those experiencing nightly leg cramps, this may signal that one’s calcium, potassium and magnesium, magnesium blood levels have dropped too low. If this occurs consistently, Osteopenia will develop. Take this as a surefire sign to get your bone density tested so implementation of treatment can start sooner than later.

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Osteopenia – Low Bone Mass and Fragility

A diagnosis of osteopenia should be a wake-up call for the patient¬†to start taking their bone health more serious. Though it is not as bad as discovering you have Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, which refers to ‚ÄúLow Bone Density‚ÄĚ is the halfway point between healthy bones and severe bone degeneration.

It is said that our bones are at their densest at 30 years of age. When Osteopenia occurs, patients are usually well into their 50’s. High-risk individuals will find the development of osteopenia earlier on. Some people are genetically susceptible to developing osteopenia.

Women are prone to osteopenia. Naturally, they already tend to have lower bone mass than men. Hormonal changes that occur during menopause increase the risk factor for women developing osteopenia, alongside men with low testosterone levels.

Osteopenia  Prevention

One must take preventative measures, in order to nourish and protect the bone tissue, so that it does not degenerate rapidly. Having a loss of bone mass makes life that much more difficult, with a heightened risk of injury and the corresponding inactivity that follows. Just getting out of bed in the morning, or bending down to retrieve a dropped item, may deliver pain and discomfort.

Benefits of Peptide Supplementation

The link between GH levels and Bone Degeneration

Bone mass is shown to be significantly reduced in patients with low levels of growth hormone. GH deficiency (GHD) leads to an increased risk of vertebral fracture and clinically significant cases of osteoporosis.

Reduced GH leads to reduced bone mineralisation

Patients with growth hormone deficiency, especially that has been detected since being young, have reduced skeletal mineralisation.

GH Improves bone metabolism

Treatment of osteoporosis by attending to the GH deficiency, might be beneficial due to the improved bone metabolism and bone geometry which occurs with growth hormone.

Increases Calcium Absorption

GH supplementation increases the bodies demand for protein and in doing so hastens the absorption of calcium.

Increases Bone Mineralisation

By increasing one’s¬†growth hormone levels, an individual promotes the increase in bone mineralisation which in turn, improves bone density. This reduces bone fragility and susceptibility to fall¬†and fracture bones.

Decreases Fractures by 50%

10-year study of postmenopausal women and long-term effect of GH treatment 

Duration of Study: 10 year study
Randomized, double-blind trial
Participants: Postmenopausal women between the ages of 50-70
Objective: To investigate the effects of a single unit of GH supplementation on bone turnover, bone size, bone mineral density and bone mineral content, compared to placebo.
Conclusion: Researchers kept in touch with the women seven years after their treatment was halted, to determine the long-term effect of GH with regards to bone density, fractures, and how they were feeling about their health and quality of life. The researchers made comparisons of the participants bone density to a group of 120 women who did not have osteoporosis. Now 10 years after the onset of the study, it was shown that the women receiving the high GH dose, still had higher bone mineral density levels than those receiving a lower dose or the placebo. The treated women who had osteoporosis showed a significant decline of 50%  in the rate of fractures during the 10-year study.

Increases Bone Mineral Density

Two years of treatment with recombinant human growth hormone revealed increases in bone mineral density in men.

Duration of Study: 2 Years with follow-up period of 12 months
Participants: 29 men between the ages of 27-62 with idiopathic osteoporosis
Objective: To investigate the effects of GH supplementation on bone turnover, bone size, bone mineral density and bone mineral content.
Conclusion: What they discovered after 2 years was a definite increase in bone mass density in the lumbar spine. Overall throughout the body there was an increase in bone mass noted alongside a decrease in fat mass. After 36 months continued increases were noted for bone mineral density and mineral content. The study concludes that two yrs of intermittent or continuous treatment with GH in males with idiopathic osteoporosis result in an increase in Bone Mineral Density and Bone Mineral Content. This increase is sustained for at least one yr post-treatment.

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