Bone Health Does Not Get Enough Attention

CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS MAY NOT ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUES

Recently, the Women's Health Initiative study in the USA concluded that daily intake of calcium and Vit D supplements offered only modest bone improvements. Pharmaceutical treatments of osteoporosis with bisphosphonates drugs that block bone resorption have recently been linked with osteonecrosis of the jaws. (1)

Clearly there is a need to diagnose early and to treat the underlying causal factors instead of simply trying to increase the intake of certain nutrients like calcium and Vit D or block bone resorption. Of course this requires a more in depth and holistic approach since bone health is not just simply an issue of calcium and bone resorption.

The oral cavity is a window on the body and this is also true for osteoporosis. For example, in post-menopausal women, investigators have demonstrated a significant association between bone mineral density of the jaws and the peripheral skeleton. (2)

1- Association of osteonecrosis of the jaws and bisphosphonate pharmacotherapy: dental implications. Hay KD, Bishop PA. NZ Dental Journal 2006:127(1):4-9

2- Osteoporosis and oral bone loss. Hildebolt CF. Dentomaxillofaciac Radiol 1997; 26(1): 3-15

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