Doctor Oz did a segment on Osteoporosis and the importance of taking Bone Strengthening Supplements like calcium, vitamin D and vitamin k12. Dr Oz said by the time you are in your 20’s, Osteoporosis has already begun the process of eating away at your bones. By the time you are 50, you have a 1 in 2 change of having a full blown case of Osteoporosis.
Dr Oz was joined by Terry, his assistant of the day, to do a demo about Osteoporosis. Bones are living organs made up of a lattice matrix, which can heal when broken. Bone loss begins in your 20’s and you can lose between 1% and 5% of your bone mass every year, that is why older people have a higher rate for breaking their hips. Dr Oz also said that 25% of people who break their hips do not ever recover – scary statistic! Dr Oz did a demo with two glass tubes, one was a thick glass tube representing a normal bone and one was a thin glass tube representing a disintegrating bone. When carefully tipped over, the thick glass tube did not break, but the thin glass tube shattered. As you grow older and get Osteoporosis, your bones become triangles and you begin to get hunched over as your bones get crunched and you shrink in height.
Dr Oz said that tall and skinny can actually put you at risk for Osteoporosis. If you are 5’7″ or above and weight 127 pounds of less or if your wrists are under 6″ then you are at a higher risk for Osteoporosis. Drinking, smoking and depression can all cause Osteoporosis as well.
Bone Strengthening Supplements
Dr Oz said that we must be careful not to take calcium by itself, or it will deposit in places we don’t want it to, like in our heart. Take calcium with vitamin D. Dr Oz also said that vitamin k2 is important because it helps build bone strength. Fermented foods have vitamin k2, such as kefir – a drinkable yogurt.
One last tip to help prevent you from breaking a bone, is to learn how to fall. You never want to fall on an outstretched hand. Instead, when you fall, put your shoulder our and roll.