I hope you're having a great Thanksgiving weekend. There's so much to be thankful for every day, but it's great to have a day set aside just to say "Thank You" for all the ways God has blessed us. I hope you're making the most of it with family and friends.
As you do, let me interrupt your weekend to ask you a question: Are you making the most of your metabolism? You might find it surprising that you're not if you're not taking care of your bones.
As you may know, hormones have a tremendous impact on your metabolism. If you have thyroid issues, you've already experienced this. But there's another hormone that impacts how your body metabolizes sugar and fat. And this hormone may help prevent type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Mathieu Ferron is a researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and professor at Université de Montréal's Faculty of Medicine. He has spent the last decade studying this hormone called osteocalcin. And his team just unveiled a new piece of the puzzle that explains where osteocalcin comes from and how it works to prevent these health challenges.
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We've known for some time that hormones affect your bones. That's why women are more prone to suffer from osteoporosis when they reach menopause. That's when their estrogen levels drop. But this new study discovered that your bones aren't just on the receiving end of the hormone equation. They also produce a hormone that affects your metabolism. That's right, your bones produce osteocalcin.
When researchers discovered osteocalcin a few years ago, they weren't sure where it came from or what it did. But now they know that bone produces it. And it helps metabolize sugar. But that's not all it does. According to Ferron, "One of osteocalcin's functions is to increase insulin production, which in turn reduces blood glucose levels. It also can protect us from obesity by increasing energy expenditure." And, if you can increase your production of osteocalcin, it can help prevent diabetes.
So how does bone produce osteocalcin? There are cells in your body that help build your bone. These are called osteoblasts. And these cells also produce osteocalcin in the bone. Through a series of chemical reactions, your bones then release the hormone into your blood.
All of these means that if you want to avoid osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes, and obesity, then start by protecting your bones. One of the most effective ways to do that is with nutrients that stimulate bone growth, like those in Ultimate Bone Support. We regularly received letters from women who have used this product and seen a tremendous impact in the health of their bones. If your body is building bone, then it's also producing osteocalcin, which is helping to metabolize sugar and fat. So if you're struggling with these health challenges, start with your foundation. Build your bone back up.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.