Bone Health and Osteoporosis

It is common knowledge these days that genetics and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

Recent research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has led to the discovery of the impact of depression and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) medication used to treat depression on bone density. The scientists found that depressed people has substantially lower bone mineral density.

Here at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, researches also reported significant decrease in BMD of the spine and hip especially in depressed women. "Depression should be considered an important risk factor for osteoporosis," the researchers concluded.

Canadian researchers found that people taking SSRIs regularly for depression, had twice the risk of bone fractures.

Good news! Acupuncture is helpful in the treatment of depression. See our previous blog article: Acupuncture: Another Option When Facing Depression

Remember, an Acidic diet consisting of meat and sugar drains calcium and other minerals from the bones. Chocolate and sugary drinks, coffee, alcohol, smoking, vitamin D deficiency, and weight loss contribute to women having lower bone density.

To preserve and increase bone density, incorporate weight bearing exercises into your fitness regimen and eat alkalizing foods like broccoli, green leafy vegetables (arugula, kale, mustard greens), and root foods like carrots, parsnips, radishes, and turnips.