If this test says you have strong bones, don't believe it

Volume 6    |    Issue 70

If you're a diabetic, studies have shown that you're at an increased risk of bone fracture. What's more, you can have a high bone density score and still have weak bones. This is bad news for diabetics. But it gives all of us a clue as to how we can protect our bones against osteoporosis and bone fractures.

We've known for years that bone density tests aren't enough to predict osteoporosis. You have to look at how fragile the bone is as well. Unfortunately, doctors haven't had a way to measure fragility. But the fact that diabetics can have weak bones despite bone density gave some researchers a clue.

These researchers out of UCLA conducted a study that looked at diabetics and bone fragility. They discovered a marker that helps determine your risk for developing fragile bones – insulin resistance. The more resistant you are to insulin, the weaker your bones and the higher your risk for fractures.

The results of this study showed that insulin resistance is bad for bones even if the resistance hasn't yet developed into diabetes. This is important for all of us. It means that even non-diabetic middle-aged people and above are at risk. And the risk grows rapidly. Every time the study participants' measurements on the Homeostasis Model of Assessment-Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) test doubled, their bone strength markers showed a 9-14% decrease. The higher their levels of fasting insulin, the weaker their bones were.

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To make sure there was a clear connection between insulin resistance and bone quality, the researchers went a step further. They also looked at 634 middle-aged men and women who were non-diabetic. They calculated bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and left hip and femoral neck axis length and width.

Then they compared insulin resistance and three composite measures of femoral neck strength relative to load: compression strength index, bending strength index, and impact strength index. All of these measurements consider the physical dimensions of the femoral neck, bone mineral density, and load on the bone. Once they adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, menopause transition stage in women, study site, and body mass index, they still found that doubling HOMA-IR resulted in statistically significant reductions in all three bone strength indices.

But that's not all they found. There was another finding that was very interesting. They found that a doubling of HOMA-IR also caused an 11% increase in bone mineral density in the femoral neck. In other words, your bones can become more dense and yet much weaker. This means that looking only at bone mineral density can be a misleading measure of bone health.

So if you want to protect your bones, you need to do everything you can to lower your insulin resistance. This starts by reducing your intake of carbohydrates and sugars in your diet. Then take Advanced Blood Sugar Formula, which is great for reducing blood sugar and normalizing insulin sensitivity. But don't stop there. Make sure you're taking nutrients to build your bone strength. You'll find these nutrients in Ultimate Bone Support. You'll also want to make sure you're taking enough magnesium, which makes bones more flexible and less likely to break. Take up to 1,000 mg a day (or to bowel tolerance).

Your insider for better health,

Srikanthan P, et al "Insulin resistance and bone strength: finding from the Study of Midlife in the United States" ENDO 2013; Abstract FP24-6.

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