Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva Isn’t as Effective Without Vitamin D

OK. I can’t get enough of Vitamin D lately. I’m fascinated learning about it.
One of the questions I had with my doctor was to ask about Boniva. I had been taking it for years, and when my x-rays showed my bone density as improved enough that I no longer had osteoporosis my [...]

How Can a 28 Year Old Woman Have Osteoporosis?

As a 28 year old woman, I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. I am often asked how this could happen to someone so young.
Not Absorbing Calcium in the Teen Years
The teenage years are prime bone building years. As a teenager, I had prolonged Amenorrhea — that is, I didn’t have a regular period each [...]

Is It Safe to Take Actonel With St. John’s Wort?

I spoke with my doctor about taking St. John’s Wort and assumed she’d recommend against taking an herbal supplement. To my surprise, she supported it, and was glad I was up front with her about it. One thing I was really concerned at the time was if St. John’s Wort would interact with [...]

Osteoporosis Drugs: Bisphosphonates

Bisphosphonates are among the newest medications for preventing and treating osteoporosis. They work by binding to the cells that break down bone and inhibit their activities. While they are new in the treatment of osteoporosis, they have been used for decades in the treatment of other bone disorders.
Many studies demonstrate that bisphosphonates can [...]

Depression and Osteoporosis

A strong correlation between depression and low bone mass exists according to a 2001 press release from the National Institute of Health . It also suggests that depression is a substancial risk factor for osteoporosis:
Although its causes are unclear, major depression is associated with hormonal abnormalities that can lead to changes in tissue, such [...]

Amenorrhea & Osteoporosis

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual bleeding. Amenorrhea is a normal feature in prepubertal, pregnant, and postmenopausal females, however, if it is prolonged, it indicates low estrogen levels.
Estrogen helps women absorb the calcium they take into their bodies. While estrogen doesn’t seem to be more than a sex hormone, most tissues in the body [...]