What Are the Causes of Osteopenia? A Naturopathic stance on the condition and how Alternative Remedies can pull things back with their Vitamins and Minerals
Osteopenia is defined as a “mild thinning of the bone mass.” It is not a serious condition, but is recognized as a precursor to osteoporosis, a very serious bone condition that afflicts millions of people, particularly the elderly. Osteopenia is derived from two Greek words: “osteo” (bone) and “penia” (poverty). Bone “poverty” is diagnosed using standard deviation (SD) tests that measure an individual’s bone mineral density (BMD) as compared to the BMD of a healthy young adult. So what can natural therapies do for this? Do naturopaths serve a purpose for this condition or is it just an evitable consequence of aging?
Contributing factors to the development of osteopenia and osteoporosis include:
- Eating disorders: When you are not eating regularly, you are not giving your body the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to create new bone cells.
- Medications: Some medications, such as steroids and other asthma treatments can accelerate BMD loss. Chemotherapy and exposure to radiation can also reduce bone density.
- Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and regular consumption of many types of soft drinks increase the risk of developing osteopenia.
- A sedentary lifestyle has been shown to be a contributing factor to osteopenia.
Ill Health is most certainly the cause of this condition. Therefore natural remedies can reserve that, along with better eating and exercise. All of the above conditions create the ill-health that natural medicine then claims , cause the acidity that pull calcium out of the bones in order to alkalize the body.
Hereditary factors also take their toll. Caucasians and, to a lesser extent, Asians are particularly prone to bone mass density loss and if you have a family history of osteopenia or osteoporosis, you are more likely to develop these conditions. However, alternative health practitioners will all says that a genetic predisposition doesn’t have to be activated.
Natural therapies can help you on how to do just this. Why have something just because you think its inevitable, when it may be the conclusion you have come to that is the only thing that is stopping you from having this condition?