A Major Concern of Aging That Can Be Prevented and Reversed
Your bones or skeleton are much more than the scaffolding for your body. Your blood cell population starts in the bones and a significant component of your immunity (B cells) originates in the bones.
Because the bones contain a high concentration of minerals your bones help keep the balance of minerals in the body by allowing minerals to move in and out of these bones.
Another function of the bones is to provide minerals to neutralize excess acidity in our bodies so common with our present day life styles and Standard American Diet (SAD) high in sugar consumption.
Your bones by virtue of the mineral content and inner blood cell, immune function also have a significant effect on the balance of several hormones.
Unfortunately as many people age they lose mineral content in their bones resulting in weaker bones. Weaker bones can lead to bone fractures with severe consequences. Many people after bone fractures due to osteoporosis (especially in the pelvis) never recover and their health accelerates downward.
Risk factors for Osteoporosis
The positive outlook with respect to aging bones is that osteoporosis and osteopenia (early stage osteoporosis) are preventable. The following are risk factors for osteoporosis for females and males:
- History of fracture as an adult
- Thin or low body weight combined with poor muscle strength
- Cigarette Smoking
- Using corticosteroids for greater than 3 days
- Poor eyesight leading to falls
- Early age estrogen deficiency
- Poor overall health
- Frequent falls
- Low Calcium / Mineral intake in diet; digestive problems
- Low physical activity
- More than 2 alcoholic beverages per day
- Thyroid dysfunction (e.g. hypothyroidism)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- High coffee intake
- Use of oral contraceptives
Females and males that have several of these have increased chances of osteoporosis and bone fractures due to weaker bones. These risk factors can and should be resolved to minimize the chance of bone fractures.
A New Factor in Bone Health
A new, little known factor affecting bone health is critical in this discussion not only of bone health but for the health of our cardiovascular system.
When bones leach out minerals much of those minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Phosphorous) are taken up by the blood vessels. Vessels with higher mineral content are inflexible and fragile which eventually leads to Cardiovascular Disease, strokes, aneurysms and an increase in blood pressure.
Extensive research has come to the rescue both for the minerals leaching from the bones and deposition into the blood vessels.
That mineral is Vitamin K2 which prevents mineral migration from bones into vessels and can even pull minerals from the vessels and redeposit those minerals back into the bones ultimately solving “several birds with one stone.” That stone being Vitamin K2.
Sources for K2 apart from vitamin K2 supplements include:
- Natto (by far the biggest source of K2)
- Goose liver
- Hard and Soft Cheeses
- Egg yolks
- Butter from free range cattle
Cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis take decades to develop and as such should be prevented early in life. Vitamin K2 intake and lifestyle changes are the best approach at all ages. As with all issues in health don’t wait until these diseases are severe and difficult to resolve.
Enjoy the Journey,