Wellness Centers

Healthy Bodies

Healthy Lives

Health Concerns






Ask a Pharmacist

Policy Statement


About Us



Wellness Center

Osteoporosis Center

See Below for:

Wellness Plan
Pharmacist Recommendations
Related Health Concerns
Additional Information

General Health Information

Osteoporosis is a very common condition that increases with age and is more common in women than men. It is characterized by a gradual loss of bone density due to minerals leaving the bone matrix. Osteoporosis dramatically increases the risk of bone fractures and can lead to compression of the spine. Many factors are thought to increase the risk of bone loss or “thinning of the bones”.  Dietary and lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, high animal protein intake, inadequate calcium, too much phosphorus, and lack of exercise are all contributors. Genetics and race seem to also play a key role as to who may be more likely to develop this debilitating disease.

Conventional medical treatment for osteoporosis in women centers mainly on hormone-replacement therapy, however recent concern about the increased risk of breast cancer has caused many women to rethink the use of this therapy. This concern has lead the medical field to look more closely at nutrition as an additional modality of treatment. There is good evidence that calcium supplements may be able to slow the progression of osteoporosis.  A combination of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium may be able to produce even better effects. Calcium supplements also help adolescent girls reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. Additional supplements such as ipriflavone, which seems to stimulate bone mineralization, and various trace minerals such as zinc, copper, boron, and manganese are also useful in ensuring good bone health. Soy isoflavones and red clover extract may also be helpful.  Essential fatty acids, such as fish oil and GLA from evening primrose oil, may also enhance the effectiveness of calcium.

Helping the body maintain proper bone density is important. Optimal bone health may best be achieved by combining healthy lifestyle choices of proper diet and regular exercise with appropriate nutrient supplementation. By utilizing conventional medical treatments along with a comprehensive nutritional support program for healthy bones, we can prevent or reduce the severity of this debilitating disease.


Wellness Plan for Support of Strong Bones

Low fat, high protein, low sodium diet emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables

Avoid tobacco, alcohol, sugars, animal fat, and soft drinks

Get plenty of weight bearing exercise

Control body weight

Menopausal women should consider hormone replacement therapy

Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements - particularly calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, boron, vanadium, zinc, vitamins B-6, B-12, C, D, and K, folic acid, niacinamide
Herbs and Phytonutrients - soy isoflavones, horsetail, ipriflavone, evening primrose oil
Hormones - DHEA, pregnenolone
Glandulars - pituitary, adrenal
Essential Fatty Acids - omega-3 and omega-6, especially GLA and/or evening primrose oil
Antioxidants - vitamin C, selenium, grape seed extract

Click Here for Pharmacist's Recommendations



Wellness Centers Related to Osteoporosis



Bone and Joint

Endocrine and Glandular

Pain and Headache

Senior's Health

Sports and Fitness

Women's Health


Additional Information on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: Progress and Promise -  by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Osteoporosis-The Silent Bone Thinner- information provided by the National Institute on Aging


Bone Builders - Support Your Bones with Healthy Habits- publication by the US Food and Drug Administration



All information on this site, unless otherwise indicated, is 
Copyright 1999-2003, Wellness Works, LLC, 
701 Third Street, Marble Falls, Texas, 78654.  All rights reserved. 
Send comments about this website  to Webmaster@modernrxcheboygan.com. 
Please read our Health Information Disclaimer and

Privacy and Security Statement
Last Updated: November 04, 2004