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Osteosarcopenia: What Is It and Do You Have It?

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Osteosarcopenia is musculoskeletal syndrome of Osteoporosis (bone loss) and Sarcopenia (muscle loss) combined. Both Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia are a result of aging and can luckily be prevented and reversed naturally.

What Is Osteosarcopenia?

Osteoporosis is low bone mass and loss of bone tissue. When there is a loss of bone mass and tissue, this results in a higher risk of bone fracture.

Sarcopenia is a loss of muscle mass and can result in loss of strength and functionality. Due to Sarcopenia, a person’s quality of life will diminish and there will be an increased risk of premature death.

In a 2018 article published in the British Journal of Hospital Medicine, the combined condition was described as: “As such, “sarco-osteopenia”, now more commonly known as “Osteosarcopenia”, has been proposed as a new term to represent a frail subset of the elderly population with concomitant osteoporosis and sarcopenia. These patients are at significantly higher risk of falls, fractures and institutionalization, and have a significantly higher mortality rate than osteoporotic or sarcopenic patients alone.”

What Causes Osteosarcopenia?

Osteosarcopenia is predominately caused by aging. Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle also are likely to cause the condition.

A lack of micronutrients like Vitamin D and other bone-strengthening vitamins and minerals can result in Osteosarcopenia.

Developing a sedentary lifestyle can result in muscle loss and will lead to bone loss. A lack of exercise can increase inflammation and can allow both muscle and bone mass to decline.

The Effects of Osteosarcopenia

There have been various studies completed that have linked a diagnosis of Osteosarcopenia to negative health outcomes.

One study researched by Journal of Korean Medical Science, linked osteosarcopenia and significantly increased mortality. This study followed 324 elderly Korean patients who had fractured their hip. Fifteen percent of participants with Osteosarcopenia died within a year of their fracture. That was a higher percentage of deaths that occurred among those with only osteoporosis (5.1%) or sarcopenia (10.3%).

Another study completed by the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, one study of 680 elderly adults with a history of falls found that 37% of participants met the criteria for Osteosarcopenia. Those participants were more likely to experience impaired mobility and depression.

This may not come as a surprise, but increased risk of falls and fractures is one of the most likely results of Osteosarcopenia.

How To Prevent and Reverse Osteosarcopenia

Having both a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine is important for preventing and helping reverse Osteosarcopenia.

Natural Option USA recommends following the daily allowance range of 800 to 1200mg of calcium per day through a combination of food sources and supplements and 2000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily.

The breakthrough supplement, OsteOrganiCAL Plus ™ helps to repair damaged and weak bone structures with proper nutrition. The all-natural formula includes algae calcium, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, magnesium, and manganese all of which are integral to restoring skeletal function and pain relief.

 

 

References

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25886902

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14687319

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5963675/

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28931495

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25512216

6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29318794

7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26273298

8 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/servlet/linkout?suffix=null&dbid=8&doi=10.1002%2Fjcsm.12567&key=31669290

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