Osteoporosis: Is the key to building bone building muscle?

The rate of osteoporosis continues to increase despite new drugs and an increase in vitamin D and calcium supplementation.  Could it be that the focus on building bone has been going down the wrong path of drugs, supplements and hormone replacement?  Although all of these can potentially help build bone, the key really lies in building lean muscle mass.

As we age, we also lose muscle mass (known as sarcopenia) which results in the following health problems:

  • Frequent falls resulting in bone fracture
  • Depression
  • Increased inflammation
  • Increased mortality (dying earlier than you should)
  • Physical disability
  • Nursing home admissions earlier than necessary
  • Increased hospitalizations
  • Obesity
  • Loss of cartilage
  • Slow gait speed (walking slowly)

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