Weak Bones – Four Signs to Watch Out For

Published: January 30, 2015
Updated: March 31, 2020

Primary Osteoporosis

“Approximately One in Every Two Women Over the Age of 50 Will Break a Bone Because of Osteoporosis.” – Nof.org

Do you know if your bones are healthy or not?

Here’s How to Find Out…

If you have any doubts, one way to asses your bone health is to get a bone density scan (DEXA).

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends all women age 65 and older and men age 70 and older take a bone density test. Unfortunately there’s a problem with this piece of advice.(1)

Let me explain…

When you reach your mid-thirties you begin to lose 1% of your bone mineral density every year until death. That means that by the time you’re 65 and have a test, you will most likely already have osteoporosis.

Talk about too little too late!

So while the NOF recommends testing your bone mineral density very late in life, we believe you should learn to listen to your body as early as possible and not ignore its signs. (Not to mention getting a DEXA scan a little earlier!)

Here are four common signs and symptoms of early bone loss you can watch out for:

Sign #1: Your Height.

Have you gotten shorter? It’s normal to lose a little height as we age, but too much height loss is a warning sign of a spine fracture (a broken bone in your back). I’m sure you’re thinking, “I would notice if I broke a bone in my back,” but according to Osteoporosis Canada, you may not be aware of a broken bone in your back because 66% of these breaks are painless! (2)

Sign #2: Brittle fingernails.

The most common reasons for brittle fingernails is hormonal changes and nutrition. Women who are going through menopause have fluctuating estrogen levels that affect nail strength. Also, brittle nails can be caused by nutritional deficiencies so it’s important to maintain a balanced diet that is rich in protein, calcium, vitamin C and healthy fats.(3)

Sign #3: Receding gums.

Research suggests a link to osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. If your jaw bone is deteriorating, our gums follow suit and and begin to recede, giving you a major warning that something is wrong.(4)

Sign #4: Grip strength.

In a recent study, grip strength was an indicator of overall bone density. If your grip strength has weakened, it may be a sign that your bones are getting weaker as well. The study also found that people who exercise had a significant increase in grip strength over non-exercisers. This confirms other studies about exercise (especially weight-bearing) and its positive effect on bone density.(5)

So What Can You Do to Get Your Bone Strength Back and Avoid Fractures?

One of the easiest ways to avoid osteoporosis and the associated horrors of bone fracture, is to make sure you’re giving your body everything it needs to build new, healthy bone on a daily basis.

The fact is, despite reaching peak bone density in our mid to late thirties, our bodies can still create new, healthy bones at any age. In fact, creating new bone and getting rid of old, brittle bone is what our bodies do on an ongoing basis throughout our lives. It’s an automatic function of how a healthy body acts. What’s not automatic however, is what we feed our bodies.

The nutrients you take in are crucial. It’s the food you eat and the supplements you take on a regular basis that determine whether your body has enough of the right vitamins and minerals to build strong healthy bones. The downside here is that with the busy lifestyles most of us lead today, it can be tough to eat enough vitamin rich foods – foods with calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D, vitamin K – so that we keep our bones healthy.

That’s why more women and men are making subtle – yet potentially powerful – changes in their nutrition with the help of a dietary supplement.

But not just any supplement. When it comes to your bones, you need something natural and something that’s been proven to give your body everything it needs to build strong healthy bone.

Let’s face it: building strong bone takes time and it’s hard to tell if what you’re doing is working. It might be 1-2 years between the time that you take a DEXA scan and then have another. It could be 1-2 years before you get any positive news or find out you need to make further changes.

But that’s the case only if you’re taking man made drugs or traditional calcium supplements. We’re here to show you a better way.

The New, Natural Way to Build Bone – Fast

Designed in Canada and manufactured in the United States and backed by four clinical studies , AlgaeCal is a new, natural, bone building supplement that includes thirteen key vitamins and minerals proven to build bone. It is also the only supplement of its kind that’s been clinically studied and is supported to build bone, that also protects you with a double your money back guarantee.

Simply take two veggie capsules in the morning with your breakfast, and two in the evening with dinner to begin building bone today. You’ll immediately notice a lack of side effects that calcium supplements often cause. Instead of gas, bloating or constipation, you can feel confident knowing that you’ve chosen our patent pending plant form of calcium and minerals to return your bones to youthful density.

You’ll notice fast that AlgaeCal is easy to digest. It’s highly absorbable due to being completely natural and plant based. Unlike most calcium supplements on the market which are made from ground up rocks (limestone and marble), it’s made from a sea algae known as Lithothamnion superpositum (or Algas Calcareas as the locals call it). (Another immediate benefit you may notice is that your nails get stronger and in some cases our customers have reported AlgaeCal has helped with tooth pain as it helps to build strong nails, teeth and bones.)

The main ingredient in AlgaeCal, Lithothamnion superpositum (or Algas Calcareas as the locals call it) is live harvested from pristine waters in a South American eco-marine park, where it grows wild in the pristine intertidal zone.

Right now, AlgaeCal is helping tens of thousands of women just like you return to an active lifestyle by helping them build strong healthy bones – at any age. And it can do the same for you.

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    1. ^ http://nof.org/news/171
    2. ^ https://www.osteoporosis.ca/multimedia/pdf/osteoporosis_month_2012.pdf
    3. ^ http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/brittle-nails.htm
    4. ^ http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Bone_Health/Oral_Health/default.asp
    5. ^ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jbmr.5650090107/abstract

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