Osteoporosis and Bone Mass
Osteoporosis is the gradual thinning that makes bones brittle and porous which in turn makes them more prone to fracture. If affects approximately 10 million adults in the United States, and is more common in women than men. Of people older than 50 years of age, one in two women and one in eight men are predicted to have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Individuals of Caucasian and Asian ethnicity are also at a high risk.
The early signs of bone loss and low bone density, which indicates a high risk of developing osteoporosis, is called osteopenia. Later in the course of the disease, sharp pains may come on suddenly and persist for around a week; in extreme cases, the pain may linger for more than 3 months. The pain may not radiate (spread to other areas), and it may be made worse an activity that involves putting weight on the area.
Osteoporosis occurs when there is an imbalance between new bone formation and old bone resorption, which means that the body may fail to form enough new bone, too much old bone may be reabsorbed, or both. The two essential minerals for normal bone formation are calcium and phosphate. Calcium is required for the proper functioning of the heart, brain, and other organs. If there are insufficient circulating levels of calcium, the body will resorb calcium from bone to keep those critical organs functioning. This means that the bones may suffer if insufficient amounts of calcium are obtained from the diet, becoming weaker, brittle, fragile, and prone to fractures.
Usually, the loss of bone occurs over an extended period of years. Often, a person will sustain a fracture before becoming aware that the disease is present. However, by then the disease may be well-advanced. Early in the course of the disease, osteoporosis may cause no symptoms. Later, it may cause dull pain in the bones or muscles, particularly low back pain or neck pain.
The leading cause of osteoporosis is a lack of certain hormones, particularly estrogen in women and testosterone in men. Women, especially those older than 60 years of age, are frequently diagnosed with osteoporosis. This is because menopause is accompanied by lower estrogen levels. Other factors that may contribute to bone loss in this age group include an inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, a lack of weight-bearing exercise, and other age-related changes in endocrine functions.
Other conditions that may lead to osteoporosis include the overuse of corticosteroids (Cushing’s syndrome), thyroid problems, a lack of muscle use, bone cancer, certain genetic disorders, and the use of certain medications.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone therapy deficiency is one of the most common causes of osteoporosis in men. Therefore, a physician will measure testosterone levels and often recommend testosterone replacement therapy in men who are experiencing symptoms of osteoporosis. Testosterone injections replacement therapy is now commonly used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in men who have low testosterone levels. Extensive clinical research has shown that testosterone can strengthen bones by slowing bone loss and reducing calcium loss, particularly in the vertebrae, which is incredible news if you’re interested in taking charge of your health and well-being
GH and Osteoporosis
GH plays a critical role in maintaining bone mineral density. However, GH levels begin to decline after the age of 30. The older we get, the greater the rate of decline. By the age of 40, your GH levels will have dropped considerably, which affects bone mineralization to a life-changing extent. In contrast, your GH levels are normal and your bone density is healthy up to the age of 30 in most men and women. Sound familiar? In severe cases of osteoporosis, supplementation with calcium and Vitamin D becomes invaluably essential.
If you have symptoms of or are at risk of osteoporosis, HGH therapy could help.
Numerous studies have confirmed that GH can increase bone mineral density and reduce the causes of osteoporosis in different patient groups, including:
- Post-menopausal women with osteoporosis
- Men with idiopathic osteoporosis
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