Tips for Bone Health 

It is time again for “Ask the Doctor.” I particularly enjoy this monthly feature because it gives me an opportunity to answer your questions and help you on your path to health and wellness. 

If you have a question or health concern that you would like me to address, please visit the Hotze Health & Wellness Facebook page and send me a private message. Mention Katy Christian Magazine in the subject line.

Help for Bone Loss

Hi Dr. Hotze, I’m 50 years old and was told by my GP that I have osteopenia, borderline osteoporosis. He wanted to prescribe an osteoporosis drug, as well as Premarin for my menopause symptoms, but I have heard that those drugs can have bad side effects. What natural recommendations can you offer? Do my hormone levels matter? Thank you, Bess W. 

Thank you for your question, Bess. It is very important, especially as you get older, to take care of your bone health, and yes, optimal hormone levels are crucial. More than 200 million people are suffering from osteoporosis, and 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 years and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime. 

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. This condition leads to weakened bones and an increased risk of fractures. The likelihood of fractures from osteoporosis rises with age. On the other hand, osteopenia refers to bone density that is lower than normal, but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. While bones are weaker than usual, they are not as susceptible to breaking.

7 Ways to Help Prevent Bone Loss 

1. Maintain Healthy Hormone Levels:

  • Progesterone in women: Progesterone promotes bone building by stimulating osteoblasts and preventing bone loss.
  • Estrogen in women: After menopause, women experience an accelerated process of osteoporosis due to estrogen deficiency. Estrogen is critical for calcium metabolism and bone formation. (Note: Do not use counterfeit hormones such as Premarin, which is horse estrogen. This contains many potent horse estrogens that are not found in humans and has many negative side effects, including an increased risk of cancer. Always replenish with bioidentical hormones that are identical to the ones your body makes.)
  • Testosterone in men: Testosterone, which declines slowly with age, is vital for maintaining bone mineral density and bone health in men.

2.  Add Weight-Bearing Exercises to Your Exercise Routine: Weight-bearing exercise is essential for regulating bone mass and preventing fractures.

3. Supplement with Calcium, Vitamins D3 and K2, and Magnesium:

Please note that combining vitamin D3 with K2 not only promotes bone health but also benefits heart health. Vitamin D3 aids in calcium absorption and Vitamin K2 helps transport calcium to your bones and teeth, preventing it from accumulating in your arteries. 

4. Consume 5-9 Servings of Organic Fruits and Vegetables Daily: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and collard greens are particularly good for bone health. Increased intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with higher bone mineral density and a lower risk of osteoporosis.

5. Avoid Soft Drinks: Research indicates that soft drink consumption is linked to low bone mineral density, especially in women.

6. Avoid Smoking: Smoking accelerates bone loss, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

7. Limit Alcohol Intake: Alcohol consumption compromises bone health and heightens the risk of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Drugs Are Not the Answer

Beware of bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax and Boniva (to name a few), which are a common class of bone drugs used to treat osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates were originally used in the textile, fertilizer and oil industries as corrosive agents. They actually weaken your bones.

Your body has a natural process to rebuild and strengthen your bones. Cells called osteoclasts are constantly breaking down old, weak bone and osteoblasts are building new bone tissue to keep your bones strong. These bone drugs interrupt this natural process by slowing the bone breakdown process, inhibiting bone resorption and new bone growth. This process prevents the natural breakdown of bone, not allowing bones to rebuild to become stronger, thereby keeping bones weak and brittle. Side effects include osteonecrosis of the jaw, femur breaks, and numerous other side effects.

Diagnosing Bone Density

The most effective way to determine if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia is to undergo a bone mineral density test. At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we use a Hologic DEXA scan, the preferred method worldwide for diagnosing and quantifying osteoporosis. The DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) scan uses a very low dose of X-ray to measure bone density at your hip and spine. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of fractures, ensuring better bone health as you age.

Take Action Today!

Start taking action today to protect your bones. Remember, your hormones play an integral role for healthy bones. Evaluate the status of your hormone levels by taking my symptom checker to see if you have any of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has a positive effect on bone development. 

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Keep Your Questions Coming

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you and to others who are dealing with these common health problems. Keep your questions coming! Send me a private message on Hotze Health & Wellness Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HotzeHWC/. Don’t forget to mention Katy Christian Magazine in the subject line. And remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. 

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Dr. Steven Hotze

Dr. Hotze is the Founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International. Dr. Hotze received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hotze believes that everyone deserves a doctor and a team of professionals who can coach them onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Hotze is the best-selling author of Hormones, Health, and Happiness, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness and Do A 180. Suzanne Somers dedicated an entire chapter to Dr. Hotze in her New York Times best seller, Breakthrough. “This Texan doctor is going to steal your heart,” writes Somers. “He has so much energy he can’t wait to get to his office each day.” Dr. Hotze has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across the nation, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, CBS’ The Morning Show and The Biography Channel. He has also appeared on the morning program, Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan. Dr. Hotze hosted “Health & Wellness Solutions” radio show on KSEV 700 AM and “Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution” radio show on KPRC AM 950 and iHeart radio. He currently hosts the Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution podcast. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Janie, for 52 years. They have 8 children and 23 grandchildren.