About 1 in 10 adults have osteoporosis according to the CDC. And it’s worse for women. 16% over the age of 50 are affected by brittle bone disease in contrast to 4% of men. So, if you’re an older female with less than stellar bone mineral density, pay close attention to the following.
As it turns out, there’s a common food allergy affecting nearly 3% of the population. Now get this: if you have osteoporosis, you’re 22 times more likely to be allergic to this food. Not only that, you may not even know it because the symptoms can be vague.
But one of the consequences can be brittle bones. That’s because this allergy disrupts your intestinal lining and decreases the absorption of calcium and vitamin D. This is a critical point as supplementing with these nutrients is an important part of treating osteoporosis. Of course, if you can’t absorb them – taking them does you no good.
Given that, if you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis you should get tested for this allergy at once. And what is said allergy?
Gluten intolerance – once believed to affect only 1 in 5,000 or so people, new research is showing that it’s much more common than we previously thought. And as you may already know, it wreaks havoc on your intestines causing bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and malabsorption.
But what exactly is gluten and how can you avoid it?
It’s a protein derived from wheat and grains including barley and rye. Unfortunately, it’s present in all kinds of foods from bread to pasta and oats. So, if you are allergic to the stuff, well… this takes a lot of things out of the equation as far as your diet is concerned. But, abstinence is better than brittle bones (and all the other problems gluten brings about).
The good news is that, if you do test positive for gluten-allergy and then entirely avoid foods that contain it, your osteoporosis will go on to improve.
In fact, an intervention such as this was carried out by researchers (and reported in JAMA) and “the improvement in BMD (bone mineral density) for celiac disease patients on the gluten-free diet was greater than that expected for osteoporotic patients receiving standard therapy.”
So in conclusion, if you have brittle bones, talk to your doctor about getting a gluten-allergy test. It may very well be the cause of your problems. And as you just read, the solution is simple.