Bone Health

Can Stress Lead to Osteoporosis?

 

 
I find what is missing in information on osteoporosis is the effect of stress on bone health.
 

People talk and write about nutrition and exercise (though not in much specifics). But even in some yoga books, the element of stress reduction is not addressed.
Maintaining strong and healthy bones is a complex process.
And there are many factors at play: genetics, nutritional deficiencies (Vitamin D, phosphorus, calcium), medications (glucocorticoids like cortisone and prednisone), positive or negative stresses on the bones, our immune system, and hormones that are in disarray (thyroid, human growth hormone (IGF-1), estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, insulin).

Osteoporosis, meaning, “porous bone,” is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone […]

Is jumping or hopping ok with osteoporosis or osteopenia?

I really started to investigate this information because I was curious how much force/pressure on the spine is produced by certain exercises. In particular, by someone that may have a compromised spinal column and wanting to exude the least amount of compression to the spine as possible.
One article1 with a small sample size demonstrated spinal loads given cycling, walking, standing or lifting 10kg. The smallest force on the spine was with unweighted standing, then with cycling, then with standing and then with lifting 10kg (see image). Not surprising. But it was nice to see some evidence (again with a small sample) that provides some […]

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