Bone Supplements with Dr. McCormick

By: | Posted in: Blog, Bone Health, Featured, Nutrition, Services | Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021 - 8:32pm
Supplements for Bone Health

Hello friends of bones:

I’m happy to present my bone supplement interview with Dr. McCormick. We discussed his full line of bone supplements which are an important ingredient for healthy bones and why calcium in lower doses matters.

A number of attendees mentioned they were not able to get into the zoom call.  

My 2022 gift to my community is the recording and the transcript.

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Your Bloodwork and Ostseoporosis

By: | Posted in: Blog, Bone Health, Featured | Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 - 2:50pm
CBC Blood Work for Bone Health
CBC Blood Work for Bone Health

 

Markers:

RBC count (red blood cells)

MPV (mean platelet volume)

NLR (neutrophil lymphocyte ratio)

RDW (red cell distribution width)  

Hgb (hemoglobin)

MCV (mean corpuscular volume)   

What do the markers mean?

RBC count: When the red blood cell count is even slightly low it may indicate an accumulation of fat cells within the bone marrow. An excessive number of fat cells not only crowds out RBC-forming stem cells (hematopoietic stem cells), but also leads to an increase in the level of PPAR- gamma, a protein that stimulates the osteoclasts to break down bone. In addition, a low RBC count may indicate a reduced number of bone-forming osteoblast cells because osteoblasts play a central role in hematopoiesis by releasing red blood cell growth factors.

MPV: Elevated MPV is an early marker for platelet cell activation seen in low-grade inflammation. It is low-grade chronic systemic inflammation that is the main fuel behind all chronic disease, including osteoporosis.

NLR: An elevated neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio is an indicator of chronic systemic inflammation and is negatively associated with bone mineral density. NLR greater than 2.5 is correlated to low bone density.

RDW: The size of red blood cells becomes more variable with age and the RDW is an indication of this variability. An RDW greater than 15% carries a greater risk for fracture. (Kim, K.M., et al. 2019 ASBMR Ann Meeting Abstracts, #1069)

Hgb: Abnormal hemoglobin levels can indicate too much or too little iron in the body. This can impact skeletal health by increasing osteoclastic activity, leading to bone loss.

MCV: This is a measure of the average size of red blood cells. When elevated, it may indicate a deficiency in vitamin B-12 and/or folate. Pernicious anemia is a condition that reduces the absorption of vitamin B-12 and calcium. Vitamin B-12 has a direct influence on osteoblastic bone-building activity. An elevated MCV is a flag to look at homocysteine, a protein metabolite that contributes to chronic systemic inflammation and reduced bone quality.

When it comes to bone health finding a doctor who understands the importance of blood work, has the knowledge to connect the dots as to the reason why you have bone loss, and follows your case is key.

Is Dr. McCormick’s blog post helpful in understanding the importance of bloodwork in addition to your DXA and Trabecular Bones Score (TBS)?

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Bone Strength ~ 3 Daily Tips ~ Dancing into your 90’s

By: | Posted in: Blog, Bone Health, Featured | Friday, Jun 3, 2011 - 12:54pm
lemons on plate

With so many baby boomers approaching our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – we’re 76 million strong – bone loss revealed through dexa test, being handed diagnosis of osteopenia, osteoporosis, has become part of our life’s discussions.  Strong bones are our life’s foundation.

The question often asked:  Do I take bone medications or do I take charge?

Please understand that bones weaken over time.  In the same way we get wrinkles over time. Both of these situations are not a disease.  It’s called aging. And the aging process can be done with grace and ease. Yet when bone loss excellerates into the osteoporosis stage, then there is concern.

The following are 3-daily tips that everyone can use to improve their bone health.

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8 Daily Tips for Bone Health

By: | Posted in: Blog, Bone Health | Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 - 2:13pm
irma thrilled with skelly skeleton small
Better bone health IS achievable.
Here are 8 specific Bone Health tips to use daily to get you on the road to stronger bones.

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