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Osteopenia & Osteoporosis

What Are Osteopenia & Osteoporosis

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are gradations of the same disease state involving loss of bone mass. Osteopenia is also called low bone mass, and may progress to osteoporosis, which means "porous bone". Osteopenia and osteoporosis occur when normal bone turnover is unbalanced in favor of resorption or breakdown (osteoclast) activity. Osteoporosis is a disease of bone that results in reduced bone mass and changes in the microscopic structure of the bone. Osteoporosis can result in fractures from mild trauma, or even everyday activity, like picking up a bag of groceries - or your grandchild.

Osteopenia & Osteoporosis in Menopause

Osteoporosis may occur in both men and women but tends to occur earlier in women, and the rate of bone loss increases after menopause. With loss of estrogen, the activity of osteoblasts (bone formation cells) is decreased so that the rate of bone formation (bone building) is less than bone resorption (bone breakdown). This imbalance leads to loss of bone resulting in osteoporosis and an increased risk of fracture. Fractures caused by osteoporosis, especially hip fractures, are associated with serious consequences, for example:

20% of those over age 50 who suffer a hip fracture will die in the year after the fracture.

Lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake, low body weight and lack of exercise can accelerate bone loss. Women with a family history of osteoporosis are at increased risk. In fact, having a mother who broke a hip after age 50 is a risk factor for her daughters. Learn more about risk factors.

  • Why Fosteum Plus?
  • Why Medical Foods?
Why Fosteum Plus?
Fosteum PLUS is the only product available clinically proven to manage bone loss that offers calcium, phosphate and MK-7 in a single capsule along with genistein, citrated zinc bisglycinate and vitamin. Each ingredient is chosen for its specific action in helping to build quality bone.
Why Medical Foods?
Medical foods are an official Food and Drug Administration (FDA) category of products that must have therapeutic value based on recognized science. The name “medical foods” was chosen by the U.S. Congress. All medical foods must meet the distinctive dietary requirements of a particular disease.