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Is Osteoporosis an Autoimmune Disorder/Disease?
With so many illnesses now being categorized as and autoimmune disorder/disease, my question is this: “Is osteoporosis an autoimmune disorder?”
“With autoimmune disorders, there are circulating chronic inflammatory factors that make people prone to bone loss,” says Robert Recker, MD, professor of medicine, and director of the Osteoporosis Research Center, Creighton University. In addition, a common treatment for autoimmune disorders is taking steroid medications to reduce inflammation, but steroids can weaken bones. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease of the joints, has been strongly linked to osteoporosis. Because the disease causes pain and loss of movement, patients tend to be less active, which can also weaken bones. “Almost everyone who has rheumatoid arthritis should be also given osteoporosis medication, as well as calcium and vitamin D,” says Dr. Recker. Other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, also increase the risk for osteoporosis, and patients should discuss their risk with their physician.
According to Dr. Rober Recker, the answer is no. But he did say this:
- Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease of the joints, has been strongly linked to osteoporosis.
- Other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, also increase the risk for osteoporosis, and patients should discuss their risk with their physician.
Today we are bombarded with commercials about osteoporosis so we hear about it all the time. If you are like me, you tune it out or turn the channel when these commercials come on. I thought my blog post today will be about osteoporosis, since I’m one of those people because I have lupus, I may be at risk for developing osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.
- More than 3 million US cases per year
- Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging always required
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
The body constantly absorbs and replaces bone tissue. With osteoporosis, new bone creation doesn’t keep up with old bone removal.
Many people have no symptoms until they have a bone fracture.
Treatment includes medications, healthy diet, and weight-bearing exercise to help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.
A diet that provides essential nutrients and adequate calories, while avoiding excess sugar, carbohydrates, and fatty foods.
Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week improves cardiovascular health. If injured, pursuing an activity that avoids the injured muscle group or joint can help maintain physical function while recovering.
Books for Living Successfully with Osteoporosis
Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis–Without Dairy Foods, Calcium, Estrogen, or Drugs
For years, doctors have been telling us to drink milk, eat dairy products, and take calcium pills to improve our bone vitality. The problem is, they’re wrong. This groundbreaking guide uses the latest clinical studies and the most up-to- date medical information to help you strengthen your bones, reduce the risk of fractures, and prevent osteoporosis. You’ll learn why there’s no proof of calcium’s effectiveness, despite what doctors say, and why a low-acid diet is the only effective way to prevent bone loss.
Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide: The Truth About Density Testing, Osteoporosis Drugs, and Building Bone Quality at Any Age
Dr. Simpson shares her well-rounded, whole-body approach to bone health, including discussions of digestive health, diet, supplements, exercise, and how aging affects the bones. Readers learn surprising facts about what foods and medicines might hurt bone health and which ones will help build strong bones. Also included is a thorough discussion of calcium supplementation and how to do it right. Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide is the key to long, healthy, fracture-free golden years.
The Osteoporosis Diet: The Complete Guide To Osteoporosis Nutrition, Supplements, & Exercise To Reverse Bone Loss Without Drugs
Are you looking for a natural approach to osteoporosis treatment?
The Osteoporosis Diet was written for those who are looking for a non-drug approach to prevent and treat osteoporosis or osteopenia.
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy osteoporosis protection for life, without the need to resort to potentially toxic drugs such as: Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast, and other newer and equally toxic drugs, then The Osteoporosis Diet is the solution.
The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook: How to Prepare and Combine Whole Foods to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis Naturally
A Medicine Through Food™ Guide
Drugs that claim to prevent or redress bone loss can actually cause bones to crumble and break. Calcium supplements, fortified processed food, and pasteurized dairy don’t work because the calcium in them doesn’t reach our bones. It’s a grim picture, but The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook can help. Coauthors Dr. Laura Kelly and Helen Bryman Kelly, daughter and mother, have a firm grasp on the disciplines concerned with bone health, including nutrient absorption and bone metabolism. They offer readers a natural, effective, and safe approach to conserving bone mass and building healthy bones by creating a personalized nutrition plan that includes eating the right foods in the right combinations.
Beat Osteoporosis with Exercise: A Low-Impact Program for Building Strength, Increasing Bone Density and Improving Posture
As you get older, osteoporosis is a big concern. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep it from adversely affecting your life. Featuring more than 100 step-by-step exercises
divided into detailed fitness plans.
- Mayo Clinic and others.