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People Are Developing Otseoporosis Younger As A Result of Medicating Other Conditions
instituteforbetterbonehealth posted:
Osteoporosis is not just a life-threatening condition in elderly individuals. Increasingly, it is striking younger patients who have a host of other medical problems, partly because many of today's "miracle drugs" are robbing nutrients from their bones.

Chronic disease and medication can interfere with the way the body naturally breaks down and rebuilds bone tissue, and how well it absorbs bone-building nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and silicon.

Osteoporosis is commonly diagnosed following a fracture (which is already far too late), and now bone health experts are calling for greater efforts to identify patients earlier who are at risk of this secondary osteoporosis.

Secondary osteoporosis is increasingly being diagnosed in younger patients with cancer, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as in people taking reflux medications, blood thinners and some depression drugs. As well as in people who had bariatric surgery for weight loss, and those receiving hormonal treatments to prevent the recurrence of breast or prostate cancer.

Medicines for anxiety and depression or medicines for acid reflux can interfere with bone formation in a number of ways. Cortisone for asthma as a child or adult, diabetes, gluten sensitivity and a whole host of common disorders interfere with bone formation. These causes are in addition to natural bone loss that occurs with age.

Bone mass reaches a peak at age 30 and declines with age. Teenagers and young women who had unhealthy eating habits, exercised too little or too much are setting themselves up for more severe bone problems as they age. Just a 10% increase in peak bone mass in your 30s can delay the onset of osteoporosis by ten years. For women, menopause accelerates the process (men lag about 10 year behind) and both suffer bone loss that can be debilitating and deadly.

Moderate amounts of impact exercises and proper nutrition with healthy foods and supplements are the best way to prevent osteoporosis.
bonebabe responded:
Yes, we are seeing younger and younger patients and because of this, we go to the area schools for a little informative talk on building healthy bones.

As a matter of fact, the ISCD has classified osteoporosis as a pediatric illness that manifests in later age.

Other than medical reasons a young person wouldn't reach his/her peak bone mass, we see environmental issues.

Kids are smoking earlier and more;

They are drinking sodas instead of milk (even having soda machines in school now);

and they're not playing outdoors like they did a generation ago. They're inside on computers and video games - sometimes as a safety issue if parents are working or just a preference.

With girls, eating disorders and peer pressure to be thin are also contributory factors.

Because of all these reasons, strong bones are not being built. It's important for parents, doctors and educators to pay attention to this often overlooked issue.
instituteforbetterbonehealth replied to bonebabe's response:
Thanks for raising some important issues. Early bone growth requires a well-balanced diet and a healthy living environment. Bone mass builds fastest during the 'growth spurt' stage of adolescence, so it's a critical age that can determine bone health as an adult. In addition to congenital disorders, poor exercise habits, and nutritional deficiencies (mots common) - another concerning factor of bone loss is early steroid use.

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