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Importance of Caring for Bones Early

Women lose bone starting when they are about 30 years old. When a woman starts going through menopause the rate at which she loses bone increases dramatically. This process starts even earlier if she has her ovaries removed surgically.

When bone loss occurs

What does this mean to an individual woman? Here are some real-life stories.

Patsy: Perimenopause

Patsy is 46 years old. She's starting to feel "off". She has hot flashes, and she doesn't sleep as well because she wakes up sweating. Patsy realizes that she's starting the change (perimenopause), and she's concerned about her bones. She read the list of risk factors and realizes that she is 121 pounds and 5'4". She is lactose intolerant and has never taken calcium supplements. She exercised as a girl but stopped when she got married. She smokes and has a couple of drinks most days. She drinks a lot of diet sodas.

Her mother has osteoporosis and has lost ¾ of an inch in height from spinal fractures. Her grandmother is wheelchair bound from a hip fracture, and she has a dowager's hump from multiple spinal fractures. Granny broke her wrist two years ago when she bumped it against a counter. So Patsy has good reason to be concerned. She has many risk factors for osteoporosis including a most important risk factor, family history of osteoporosis. Patsy doesn't want to go down the same road as her mother and grandmother. She doesn't want to have to put up with the pain she sees them in, and she wants to stay vibrant and healthy throughout her life. In Patsy's words, "I don't' want to look like my Mom and Grandma".

She discussed her risk factors with her doctor, and her doctor suggested a DXA which showed that she was mildly osteoporotic. Her doctor suggested that Patsy take Fosteum PLUS, because it can stop bone loss and build new bone without any serious side effects. Patsy thinks that Fosteum PLUS twice a day will make her feel a lot more confident that her future will be strong and healthy.

Susan: Ovarian Surgery

Susan is 36 and has just had surgery that removed her ovaries. She knows that she is now at high risk for osteoporosis. She's beginning to have hot flashes. Susan has always been proactive about her health, and this is no exception. She plans to increase her calcium and vitamin D as part of a healthy diet. She'll cut back on alcohol and soft drinks. Susan has never smoked, but her mother has osteoporosis and broke her wrist from a minor fall last year.

Susan asked her doctor for a baseline DXA and discussed the possibility of therapy. Her doctor suggested HRT, but Susan doesn't believe that HRT is right for her, so her doctor suggested Fosteum PLUS. When she read up on Fosteum PLUS she found that it contained calcium, phosphate, a product isolated from a non-soy source, zinc, vitamin K2 and vitamin D3. Susan feels a lot more comfortable with a more natural approach. She doesn't want to lose her health to broken bones and, with the help of her doctor, Susan plans to fight it every step of the way.

Megan: Post-Menopausal

Megan is 55, post-menopausal and has already begun to lose bone. She had a DXA at her last physical and found that she's osteopenic at her hip and spine. She doesn't get much exercise and her current diet tand supplements contain about 800-900 mg/day of calcium. She has taken a multiple vitamin regularly for years, and when she looked at the calcium content she found that there was 200 mg of calcium. That, with the calcium in Fosteum PLUS and her diet gets her to the right level. The vitamin D content of the multiple she is taking, however isD2 (ergocalciferol), which her doctor says is a less active form. After consulting with her doctor, Megan plans to change to a vitamin supplement that contains at least 400 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol, the most active form) and about 200 mg of calcium, preferably as an amino acid chelate (the malate or citrate).. She plans to take one twice each day with meals to make sure she absorbs as much of the calcium as possible. She'll start walking about 30 minutes a day and working with 5 pound weights.

Megan is determined to help her bones as much as possible because she's read too much about the consequences of osteoporosis. She knows that 20% of people over 50 who suffer a hip fracture die in the year after the fracture and most fractures end up with the person losing a lot of their independence. Megan doesn't want any of that to happen to her, but she's not happy about the thought of taking osteoporosis drugs because she's heard her friends talk about the way they can't drink their morning coffee or have breakfast, and they have to sit upright for 30 or 60 minutes. She's also heard them complaining about the heartburn they suffer, and she's read a lot about osteonecrosis of the jaw on-line.

All of it taken together makes her want a more natural approach. When she talked with her doctor about her bones and her hot flashes, her doctor suggested that she take Fosteum PLUS along with her multivitamin with calcium and vitamin D3. Megan read up on Fosteum PLUS and thinks that Fosteum PLUS will be the right therapy for her. She's planning to take one capsule with breakfast and dinner along with her supplement. She thinks that her next DXA will be good news.

  • 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.