Osteoporosis-related fractures are almost twice as common as heart attacks among American women and occur nearly five times as often as stroke or cancer. But contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is not strictly an older woman’s disease. It afflicts millions of men as well, and it’s also becoming more common in younger people. Hip fractures, in particular, are serious business. One-third of all women and one-sixth of all men will fracture a hip in their lifetime, and a significant percentage of these fractures will signal the beginning of a downward spiral.
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may have been recommended to take one of the popular bone-building drugs such as Fosamax. But you need to know that Fosamax and other medications in this class benefit only one out of every 99 women taking them—and that they are associated with gastrointestinal problems, esophageal ulcers, jawbone deterioration, and atypical fractures of the thigh. Hormone replacement with conjugated estrogen (Premarin) and synthetic progestins (Provera) are also often prescribed, but these drugs are associated with a host of adverse effects as well.
While some bone loss is a normal part of aging, osteoporosis is not inevitable. At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, we start by testing our patients using DEXA scanning, which is the gold standard in determining bone mineral density. We then prescribe unique therapies that not only retard bone loss, but actually help rebuild and strengthen the bones.
Most physicians recommend calcium for optimal bone health. The doctors at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, however, have known for years that a number of other vitamins and minerals are critically important in preventing and treating osteoporosis. These include vitamin K, magnesium, strontium, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin D. We also recognize that individual requirements for these nutrients vary significantly. Therefore, we test our patients’ blood levels of key nutrients in order to design a personalized supplement program.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Estrogen is widely recognized for preventing bone loss in women, but less well known are other hormones—progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA),testosterone, and human growth hormone (HGH)—that are also intimately involved in bone remodeling. The Whitaker Wellness physicians are well-versed in the safe use of safe, natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to lower risk of osteoporosis, while at the same time offering protection from several other age-related conditions.
Your bones are a mineral bank for your entire body, storing most of the body’s calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Because poor diet is associated with deficiencies in these crucial minerals, a therapeutic diet is an important aspect of a comprehensive treatment program for osteoporosis. During the Back to Health Program, you will be served delicious meals containing an abundance of vital minerals, antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, and other nutrients necessary for good health. More important, you’ll learn which foods support bone health and which ones actually promote bone loss, so you can continue on a healthy diet once you return home.
The single most important thing you can do to prevent or reverse osteoporosis is exercise. Stress or strain on bones stimulates the formation and growth of new bone. Regardless of their age, people who engage in regular weight-bearing exercise have higher bone density. And the converse is also true. Inactivity can make bones brittle and more prone to fracture. At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, our exercise physiologist will instruct you in a personalized exercise program aimed at strengthening your bones, maintaining musculature, improving flexibility, and comfortably increasing your activity level.
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One-Stop Shop for Wellness and Treatment for Osteoporosis
Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”
To learn about about how the safe, natural treatments for osteoporosis we use at the Whitaker Wellness Institute can retard bone loss and help build new bone tissue—without the use of dangerous drugs, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our friendly and knowledgeable Patient Services Representatives at (800) 488-1500.
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