About 200 million people are estimated to have Osteoporosis throughout the world. It becomes a serious health concern in Asia. The report shows that before the year 2050, 51% of hipbone fracture cases would be from Asian countries.
To understand Osteoporosis, you have to first understand what is ‘bone mass’. ‘Bone mass’ represents the number of minerals in the bone – generally reaches its peak when a woman is between the ages of 30 and 35. After that, it then begins to decline. Between the ages of 55 and 70, women typically experience a 30% – 40% bone loss.
Many women mistakenly believe that Osteoporosis is something they need to concerned about only after menopause. However, recent evidence indicates that Osteoporosis often begins early in life and is not strictly a postmenopausal problem. Unfortunately, the bone loss causes no symptoms while it is occurring, so it goes unnoticed until the bone cracks or fractures.
WHAT is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis happens when bones start to become porous (tiny spaces in the bone start to form), leaving the bone more fragile and susceptible to breaking or fractures.
SYMPTOMS of Osteoporosis?
There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened by Osteoporosis, you might have signs and symptoms that include:
- Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Loss of height over time
- A stooped posture
- A bone that breaks much more easily than expected
CAUSES of Osteoporosis?
- Low levels of estrogen. The body uses calcium from existing bones to repair or form new bones. Estrogen prevents this from happening excessively.
- Inadequate calcium & vitamin D. Insufficient calcium in the body means the body needs to take calcium from existing bones in the body. Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium from the diet. Without an adequate level of vitamin D, most of the calcium consumed will be excreted.
- Excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol can increase levels of cortisol in the body; which leads to decreased bone formation and increased breakdown of bones.
- Lack of physical activity. Exercise stimulates the growth and strengthening of bones and muscles. Without adequate exercise, bones start to get weaker over time.
WHO are the people most susceptible to 0steoporosis?
- People with a relatively small body frame
- Chinese – higher risk
- People with poor diet or insufficient calcium intake
- People who never or seldom exercise
- Smoker or alcohol drinker
- Those who consume or long-term use of Corticosteroids / Antiseizure / Anticoagulants medications
- People who have a family history of Osteoporosis
- Early menopausal women
Maintain sufficient calcium through a healthy diet
Due to worried about getting this disease, women today are drowning themselves with the excess amount of calcium either through diets or additional supplements. However, many of them do not know that it is actually more important to ensure proper absorption of a sufficient amount of calcium.
HOW to maximize the absorption of calcium？
- Take sufficient amounts of certain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids are important in maintaining healthy calcium levels.
- Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are able to improve calcium absorption from the GI tract. Thus, will increase calcium availability in the bloodstream and more calcium will be absorbed by the bone to increase its density.
- Reduce intake of coffee, tea, carbonated drink, alcohol and processed foods. These foods can inhibit the body from absorbing calcium properly.
- Enjoy the morning sunshine for 15 minutes daily in order to produce active vitamin D.
- Do more weight-bearing exercises such as brisk walking to strengthen bones and muscles by stimulating their growth. However, Osteoporosis patients should avoid intense exercise.
- Stop smoking and relax more to relieve stress.
Ideal Products Recommendation
Biobay Coral Calcium Plus
Contains Coral calcium 200mg, Seaweed calcium 200mg and Vitamin D3 100IU for optimal bone health.
- The natural form of calcium with superior absorption rate; especially rich in Aquamin from seaweed. Added with vitamin D3 to enhance calcium absorption.
- Aquamin calcium is a multi-mineral complex that is derived from the red marine algae Lithothamnion Calcareum. It contains 72 trace minerals absorbed from the sea that make the calcium in Aquamin more bioactive than calcium derived from limestone (calcium carbonate).
Biobay Complesure Pro
Formulated with 30 vitamins and minerals. It contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, HMB-Ca, Grapeseed and Sea Buckthorn extracts to build and maintain healthy bones and muscles to support mobility.
- Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth. Magnesium and vitamin D assists in calcium absorption.
- Vitamin K is an essential vitamin for bone health. It has important roles in the carboxylation of many bone-related proteins, regulating the genetic transcription of osteoblastic markers, and regulating bone reabsorption.
- HMB-Ca (β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate) is an amino acid metabolite that occurs naturally in human muscle cells. HMB-Ca aids in muscle cell repair and prevents muscle deterioration.
- Many studies show that Sea Buckthorn (Omega 3,6,7 & 9) and Grape Seed play important roles in promoting bone and joint health.
Formulated with 28 vitamins and minerals for daily nutrients replenishment including 400mg calcium and 2.83µg vitamin D3 per serving.
- Calcium is fundamental in building strong bone whereas vitamin D3 helps improve the utilization and absorption of calcium to help improve bone mineral density.
- Contains phosphorus and magnesium which are the essential part of bone mineral hydroxyapatite.
- Paired with triple protein blends and HMB to increase physical strength and help prevent falls.