fractures

  1. Fractures more likely when you have diabetes

    The SECRET cause of bone breaks

    Your doc will look you in the eye and say you've got nothing to worry about.

    He'll pull up the numbers... show your bone mineral density is right smack in the middle of the "normal" zone... and say it means you're not at risk for a break or fracture.

    But he knows he's lying.

    He won't admit it, not unless you really put him on the spot, but docs see it all the time.

    Patients come in with numbers just like yours. They might have a frame that looks stronger than Babe the ox, both on the test results and in person.

    But then one day it happens anyway: SNAP!

    A painful... debilitating... and possibly even crippling bone break.

    Now, the latest research exposes what your doc has known but is afraid to tell you. You could have strong bones based on mainstream tests, yet still face a sky-high risk of a fracture.

    The key to the puzzle?

    Diabetes.

    If you have type 2 diabetes, you can throw the standard test results right out the window. You could have normal or even high bone mineral density, and it won't matter much.

    The new study finds diabetes triggers damage to the cortical bone, or the outer layer of bone that's supposed to protect the whole package.

    It's as if that critical layer is getting eaten away... yet that damage won't show up on any bone mineral density test.

    That helps explain why folks with type 2 diabetes are up to 50 percent more likely to suffer from a hip fracture, one of the most debilitating forms of bone breaks in seniors and a top cause of disability.

    Now that you know the risk, the next step is to do something about it!

    You're not a delicate piece of china. Even if you're a little older... even if you have diabetes... you can take action today to strengthen your bone and cut the risk of those devastating breaks.

    You know the basics, I'm sure. You need calcium. But calcium alone is useless, so don't take it by itself. Look for a supplement that also contains vitamin D and magnesium, which can help your body to put that calcium to use.

    And be sure to look out for another ingredient backed by cutting-edge studies.

    Oleuropein, a natural compound found in olives, can activate the stem cells that form bone. In one in vitro study, this compound increased the formation of the cells that create new bone tissue six times over.

    A good bone support formula from a maker you trust will have all of these essentials in the amounts you need for healthy bone.

    Most importantly of all, get your diabetes under control -- naturally -- to stop ALL forms of damage inside your body, including the destruction of that protective layer of bone.

  2. Normal vitamin D levels protect function and mobility

    The vitamin that can keep you on your toes

    When you're young and healthy, everything seems to come easy. But when you reach a certain age, just tying your shoes can turn into a body-bending exercise that'll leave you out of breath and gasping for air.

    No one ever said aging would be easy.

    But there's a single nutrient that can make it a little easier -- a critical vitamin that can help make sure the simple things in life stay simple as you get older.

    It's vitamin D, and new research of vitamin D shows that older people with lower levels have a much higher risk of functional problems.

    If you're in your 50s or early 60s, low levels of vitamin D can double your risk of problems with basic activity over the next six years. And by basic, I mean the stuff that's supposed to come easy -- like sitting down, standing up and just getting around.

    And if you're over 65, low levels of that same nutrient can cause your risk of functional problems to jump by 70 percent over the next three years, according to the new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

    Vitamin D is essential to muscle growth, balance and coordination -- so much so that even the very mainstream (and it would appear anti-supplement) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says D supplements can slash the risk of falls, a leading source of functional problems and disability in seniors.

    D is of course also one of the most important ingredients in bone health -- and another new study shows why: It's critical to keeping your bones "young" even as you get old.

    When your vitamin D levels sink, you start to lose bone density and the quality of your bone begins to suffer -- putting you at risk for breaks and fractures even if you don't have osteoporosis.

    And in the new study, bone scans revealed that low vitamin D levels also appear to accelerate aging by short-circuiting the mineralization process.

    That in turn leads to more brittle bone.

    Not something you want, believe me -- because as you get older, any break or fracture can knock you out of commission for a very long time. In some cases, breaks and fractures can lead to permanent disability, a loss of independence and even an early death.

    Unfortunately, up to 90 percent of all seniors are quietly suffering from insufficiencies and outright deficiencies when it comes to the sunshine vitamin -- and along with functional and mobility problems, low vitamin D levels can damage the immune system, heart, brain and more.

    There's an easy way to prevent all that -- and all you have to do is get more D.

    The most natural way to get it of course is from sunlight. But that's not exactly the safest way to get it given the very real risk of sunburn, skin damage and even skin cancer.

    Try a natural D3 supplement if you're not taking one already. They're safe, inexpensive and you'll find them in any store that sells vitamins.

    I recommend between 2,000 and 5,000 IUs a day for most people, but some will need more -- your own doctor can help figure out the amount that's best for you.

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