Osteoporosis symptoms, is largely asymptomatic, but watch out for the following danger signs:
- Dowager’s hump
- Easily broken bones
- Sleeves and hems that used to fit
- A stooped posture but that now are too long
- Poor diet
- Hormone imbalance
- Hormone deficiencies
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Lack of sun exposure
- Eating disorders
- Prolonged stress
- Toxic metals
- Acidic pH balance
- Chronic inflammation
- Medical conditions (diabetes, Cushing’s disease, homocystinemia, hyperthyroidism, malabsorption, and others).
- Long-term use of certain medications (anticonvulsants, prednisone, heparin, methotrexate, lithium, isoniazid, furosemide [Lasix], antacids, chemotherapy, thyroid, and others).
The gold standard for testing your bone density is an X-ray known as the DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan.
Yet by the time this test shows a decrease in bone density, you may have had a significant loss of bone. A good test to monitor current bone metabolism is a urine test that measures bone break-down. When bone (and cartilage) breaks down, it releases two substances known as deoxypyridinium and pyridinium, which are excreted in the urine.
The rate of excretion parallels the degree of bone turnover. A high, level signifies that there is likely too much bone breakdown, which is imbalanced with bone building.
The following tests help assess possible reasons for osteoporosis symptoms:
- Immune system imbalance or disease—blood.
- Toxic metals—urine or hair.
- Intestinal permeability-urine.
- Vitamin and mineral analysis (especially magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin D3) blood, hair.
- Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen, progesterone) saliva, blood, or urine.
- Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing-stool analysis.
- Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities-blood, electrodermal.
- Bone resorption (pyridinium and deoxypyridinium)-urine.
Swiss researchers looked at the effects of potassium citrate supplements on blood pH and bone density. Published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the study involved 161 postmenopausal women, average age fifty-nine, who were known to have low bone mass. One group of women received tablets of potassium citrate—which is slightly alkaline at a daily dose of 30 millimoles (1,173 mg). The other group got an equal dose of potassium chloride, which is nonalkaline. Bone-mineral-density (BMD) measurements were performed at the start of the study, after six months, and after one year on the supplements.
At the end of the study, the women taking potassium chloride showed an average bone-density loss at the lower spine of 1 percent a significant loss. However, the group taking potassium citrate had a 1 percent increase in BMD at the lower spine, plus an increase in density of almost 2 percent at the hip. This group also excreted less calcium in the urine. We recommend people eat a diet rich in potassium as found in fruits and vegetables.
See also: “Osteoporosis Treatment and Food“