Peptides for Osteopenia Prevention and Bone Health
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.
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.
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.