Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by low bone mineral density and bone fragility.
But a new study in the journal Cureus suggests that it is caused by processes that occur in our stomachs, far from our bones.
And, using this new discovery, it’s quite easy to heal osteoporosis naturally.
Medical scientists are increasingly admitting what natural health-focused scientists have been saying for decades: what we eat, and equally importantly what we don’t eat, are incredibly important if we want to be healthy.
But what if the linings of our stomachs and intestines are damaged, compromising the absorption of food?
This is the question that a research team led by the California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences & Psychology wanted to answer.
Based on previous research, they conducted a literature review to find out whether peptic ulcer disease could increase our risk of osteoporosis.
Peptic ulcer disease happens when there is so much acid in our stomach that it overwhelms the mechanisms meant to keep our stomach lining safe and whole.
After applying some quality control, they analyzed 25 studies with more than 5.6 million participants. All the studies were published after 2015 to make the research recent and relevant.
They found what they expected:
1. People with peptic ulcer disease were much more likely than healthy people to develop osteoporosis. The increased risk ranged from 36% to 185%, depending on the study.
2. H. pylori infection, a bacterial infection in the stomach that causes peptic ulcer disease, increased the subjects’ osteoporosis risk by almost 70%.
3. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the drugs most commonly prescribed for peptic ulcer disease, increased the subjects’ risk of osteoporosis by anything from 17 to 102%.
4. Many of the studies also showed a relationship between peptic ulcer disease and low bone mineral density, reduced bone strength, and bone fractures.
This means that both peptic ulcer disease and the drugs used to treat it can increase our osteoporosis risk.
So, why does peptic ulcer disease seem to cause osteoporosis?
1. Malabsorption of nutrients. H. pylori infection and PPIs prevent the absorption of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B12, most of which are important for bone health.
2. Increase in inflammatory cytokines. H. pylori and overabundant stomach acid increase a wide range of inflammatory chemicals such as IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, IL-17, tumor necrosis factor alpha, interferon gamma, and C-reactive protein.
3. Alterations in hormone production. Damage to the stomach lining changes the production of hormones, including the production of pepsin and hormones that promote inflammation and cell death.
Interestingly, for years I have been helping my clients heal their osteoporosis by healing their gut bacteria flora. Now, finally, this approach has been scientifically proven.