Osteoporosis is a big issue among, mostly women, here in the United States. In fact, we are a country who consumes more dairy than most; however we have more cases with this bone effecting health issue. Studies show that the countries who consume the least amount, or no, dairy have the lowest occurrences of Osteoporosis among their populations.
What we know about how to control or prevent osteoporosis can be pretty misleading when it comes to the advice most doctors and health advisers provide. Often times they simply say to consume more dairy and take some calcium pills. That advice right there couldn't be further from what can actually help you.
New studies show that the leading cause of osteoporosis is directly related to grain and dairy consumption. Sounds backwards I know and the drugs that doctors prescribe can actually cause bone fractures is even more crazy to consider, but according to the latest studies it's true.
Some things that help is, first of all, not taking those drugs. They are just not needed; however discontinuing and changing the dietary habits that are the cause is what needs to be the first step.
Second step is working toward completely giving up grains and dairy from our diets and replacing that with green leafy vegetables such as kale, chard, arugula, spinach, collards, etc.
Third step is starting a routine that includes weight bearing exercises, such as Kettlebell training, which is another excellent habit that greatly helps keep bones dense with calcium. True story! Here's a success story from one of my clients who actually increased her bone density through my weight training program.
Over 60 Bone Density Increases, Doc Says "Keep Doing What You're Doing!"
"It is not often that people get any substantial gains in bone density. Smaller people are way more prone than bigger people around age 60 - 65. It was the reason I joined the gym and discovered your program."
[Sandy had her bone density tested and the results were not very good. So she decided to try exercise per her doctor’s recommendation. After just over a year of working with my program Sandy had her bone density tested again. The results are provided below.]
"On the spine, my bone density is back to normal and a little above the average for a person my age (mid 60’s). The change is considered "statistically significant with a 95% confidence given differences in positioning since last scan." On the hip, it improved, but just slightly (2.1%), and is still slightly below normal. Doc recommendation is to keep doing what you're doing. It's working. Many, many old people die because they fall and break a hip and don't recover. I'm going to die a different way, thank you Bob & Synergy Kettlebell Training." -Sandy D., Phd. (President of Learning Bridges)
Sandy is such an inspiration to me! Over the years she has worked very hard and fell into love with fitness to condition her body to become an avid marathon and recreational runner.