Dec 9, 2013

Believe It or Not: Osteoporosis Increases Risk of Premature Death

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So you don't drink milk, huh? Neither did I, until I saw this news: Osteoporosis increases one's risk of fracture, re-fracture, and premature death following the refracture.

I guess, by now, we all know what osteoporosis is. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones become thinner, weaker, and easier to break. One of the causes of osteoporosis is insufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D.

The findings mentioned above were taken from the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study, which happens to be the longest-running large-scale study on bone fractures caused by osteoporosis. Dr. Dana Bluic, one of the study's authors, pointed out, "All fractures are serious, ... and most have the potential to reduce life expectancy."

Dr. Bluic explained the they looked at the incidence of re-fracture and found a very high incidence of it occuring within five years after the first fracture. Then, once re-fracture occurs, the risk of death increases up to an astounding 90 percent.

The study focused on all kinds of fractures – hip, spine, rib, and even wrists and ankles. The authors of the study emphasize that they found all these kinds of fractures to have serious outcomes.

Although the subjects of the study were people over 60, it is important to note that osteoporosis begins long before a person turns 60. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, bone loss begins in one's twenties, and bone degeneration just goes faster and faster as we age. 

Still according to the Mayo Clinic, one way to reduce our risk of osteoporosis is by ensuring sufficient calcium intake. 

Anlene Total contains twice as much calcium as regular milk. In addition, it contains glucosamine, which has been clinically proven to protect people against cartilage damage – but only as long as the person is taking the glucosamine. (Yoshimura 2009)

We note that glucosamine is, in fact, produced naturally by the body, but ironically, the body's production decreases as we age, when we need glucosamine more. This is one reason why osteoarthritis is more prevalent in old age, and this is also why glucosamine supplementation from Anlene Total can help prevent not just osteoporosis, which can shorten our lives, but also osteoarthritis, which will definitely lower our quality of life.

Now I don't know about you, but I would like a long and active life ahead of me. That's why I am now an Anlene Total drinker, a habit jumpstarted by the Anlene Total samples that the company generously provided for me to try out. 

Note: The studies mentioned in the article are from PubMed and Science Daily, two very reputable sites that publish registered clinical studies for professionals and laymen. Feel free to click on the links above to confirm the information.

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