We know that inflammation is linked to several chronic conditions and now we have proof of another one - Osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures. Inflammation is linked to cardiovascular disease, Type I and Type II diabetes and dementia. New evidence links chronic systemic inflammation to osteoporosis and an increased fracture risk in adults.
When I order labs to check for inflammation levels I look for increased circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines: Tumor Necrosis Factor TNF, C- reactive protein, Interleukin 6 IL-6 and Interleukin 1 IL-1. These markers are useful to show patients to give concrete evidence of inflammation and why they need to make significant lifestyle changes in their diet, sleep and exercise regimens. C-reactive protein above 3 mg/L increased the risk of fracture. Interleukin 6 showed the strongest association to inflammation and osteoporosis in both sexes.
Most of the previous studies looked at older white women and there was a 1.5-fold to 2.5-fold greater risk of fracture in women who had higher levels of inflammation compared to those with lower levels.
Wouldn't it make sense to find out what your level of inflammation is now before you experience bone loss? Remember, osteoporosis is a silent disease and affects both men and women.
We offer full bone health testing and treatment. There are non-calcium nutraceuticals from Xymogen and other bone building products that are easy to take daily. Xymogen's MinRex, OSAplex CF, OSAplex MK-7 and Ossopan MD are great products to treat osteopenia and osteoporosis.
We test kidney function because poor kidney function leads to greater inflammation and bone loss. Two sides to the coin. Increased inflammation leads to kidney damage and bone loss. This is called a bi-directional association.
Elevated lead is linked to poor kidney function, inflammation and osteoporosis. I check every patient for heavy metal toxicity. We have several middle-age olders who are chelating to get the lead out because they want to reverse cardiovascular disease, prevent osteoporosis, improve cognition, increase blood flow to their sexual organs (chelation addresses the root cause of erectile dysfunction) and reverse asthma.
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