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Overview Osteoporosis and vitamin D


  • FACT: Bones need Calcium (this has been known for a very long time)
  • FACT: Vitamin D improves Calcium bioavailability (3X ?)
  • FACT: Should not take > 750 mg of Calcium if taking lots of vitamin D (Calcium becomes too bio-available)
  • FACT: Adding vitamin D via Sun, UV, or supplements increased vitamin D in the blood
  • FACT: Vitamin D supplements are very low cost
  • FACT: Many trials, studies. reviews, and meta-analysis agree: adding vitamin D reduces osteoporosis
  • FACT: Toxic level of vitamin D is about 4X higher than the amount needed to reduce osteoporosis
  • FACT: Co-factors help build bones.
  • FACT: Vitamin D Receptor can restrict Vitamin D from getting to many tissues, such as bones
  • It appears that to TREAT Osteoporosis:
  •        Calcium OR vitamin D is ok
  •        Calcium + vitamin D is good
  •        Calcium + vitamin D + other co-factors is great
  •        Low-cost Vitamin D Receptor activators sometimes may be helpful
  • CONCLUSION: To PREVENT many diseases, including Osteoporosis, as well as TREAT Osteoporosis
  • Category Osteoporosis has 217 items
  • Category Bone Health has 308 items

Note: Osteoporosis causes bones to become fragile and prone to fracture
  Osteoarthritis is a disease where damage occurs to the joints at the end of the bones

See also VitaminDWiki

WHY Vitamin D can PREVENT both Osteopenia and osteoporosis

but not TREAT Osteoporosis
Vitamin D, in combination with it’s co-factors of Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin K2, etc. is able to increase Bone Mass Density, that is, increase the amount of bone in the body. A bone is made up of a large number of tiny bridges. One a bridge is broken, adding bone bone does not repair the bridge, it just thickens the bridge supports.

This was found decades ago – medicines which increased Bone Mass Density (BMD) did not TREAT Osteoporosis. Suspect, but do no know, that this is true as well for vitamin D

Bone Density decreases with age

Osteppenia and Osteoporosis Orthobullets 2020

See also Osteoporosis-studies.com

A few of their excellent tags. Ceased updating in Aug 2015

See also Web


  • The Myth of Osteoporosis Author's website of the June 2011 revised book
    The drugs offer minimal (if any) benefit amidst ever-increasing evidence for serious harm, but they continue to be widely prescribed while massive profits roll in for the companies that produce them.''
  • Osteroporosis Vitamins web site in Canada Site owner has treated her own Osteopenia
    talks extensively about 5000 IU of Vitamin D, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Strontium, Calcium, etc.
  • Dr. Sato has now Proven, Three Different Times, that Sunlight Exposure can Reverse Osteoporosis and Prevent Hip Fracture. Is Anyone Paying Attention?
    March 2013 Sunlight Institute: Showed that being indoors (in hospital) greatly decreased bone mass and strength
  • Osteoporosis Is Scurvy of the Bone, Not Calcium Deficiency Green Medical information
    Need Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2
    Vitamin C: Mineralizes the bone and stimulates bone forming cells to grow, Prevents too much degradation of bone, Dampens oxidative stress, Is vital in collagen synthesis.
  • Treating Osteoporosis UC San Diego
    Describes WHO’s Fracture Risk Assessment (FRAX) Tool., which considers
    Bone Mineral density, Age, Sex, Weight, Height, Fracture history, Parental history of hip fracture,
    Smoking status, Alcohol consumption, Prescription drug use, Other disease diagnoses But NOT Vitamin D level
  • Men Get Osteoporosis, Too NYT Oct 2016
    "Men experience about half as many osteoporotic fractures as women. But when a man breaks his hip because of osteoporosis, he is more likely than a woman similarly afflicted to be permanently disabled and twice as likely to die within a year"
  • . . :because doctors, too, are often unaware of the many factors that put men at risk of osteoporosis, including disorders like celiac disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D.) and treatments for other health problems, like depression, gastric-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and prostate cancer"
  • Osteoporosis malady MalCards has the following graphic

Top 20 diseases related to Osteoporosis via genes ( most of which are associated with low vitamin d)

  • Osteoporosis Myth: The Dangers of High Bone Mineral Density Green MedInfo - Aug 2012
    Make the case for reduction of bone density it just feature of aging
    Fails to notice that aging is also associated with reduction in vitamin D and Magnesium (and Vitamin K2?)
    "Bone Mineral Density is NOT Equivalent to Bone Strength"
    "Breast Cancer is 200% to 300% higher if high bone mineral density"


Most of the NIH article in Jan 2011 was mainly on exercise to reduce osteoporosis

Vitamin D was barely mentioned

"Like a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise helps strengthen bones at any age"
__No mention was made of vitamin D supplements, Vitamin D co-factors, UV, Vitamin K, or Whole Body Vibration
Did have the following nice graphic however

Vitamin D, with or without Fosamax, is highly rated to TREAT Osteoporosis at Rate A Drug July 2011

Note: Vitamin D does even better than Fosamax at PREVENTION

Hypothesis: Moderate osteoporosis itself is beneficial for bones - Oct 2019

Med Hypotheses. 2019 Oct 10;134:109427. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2019.109427
Xiong Z1, Wu J1, Liu Z1, Jing W2.

There have been increasing numbers of reports that anti-osteoporosis drugs cause osteonecrosis. A typical example is medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) which can cause massive necrosis and defects of the jaws. Thus, the dosage and effects of anti-osteoporosis drugs should be re-examined. Our hypothesis is that primary moderate osteoporosis itself is beneficial for bones and should not be excessively treated other than vitamin D, calcium supplementation and functional exercises. The self-repair and anti-infection abilities of bone depend on its organic tissues including stem cells, blood vessels, osteoclastic and osteogenic factors in bone, which jointly fight against invading pathogens and repair bone damage. Recent evidence supports age-related changes in mesenchymal stem cell including loss of self-renewal and increases in senescent cell numbers. Thus, the number of MSCs and vessels need to be increased to achieve functions similar to those in young people. This requires dissolving a portion of inorganic materials and providing extra space to hold more cells and blood vessels. In contrast, anti-osteoporosis drugs prevent bone destruction, and increase mineralization that occupies the space of organic materials, reduces bone immunity and self-repair. Moreover, long term use of anti-osteoporosis drugs also have negative effects on long bones and cartilages. Therefore, moderate age-related osteoporosis is natural in humans to protect bones. Excessive treatment of osteoporosis weakens immunity and self-repair.

Admin of VitaminDWiki put together a page on Strong Bones in 2008 before learning about vitamin D

CLICK HERE which includes
Dr. Colgan recommends the following supplements for Strong Bones (page 140)
400 mcg of Vitamin K daily in the form of menaquininone, MK4 or MK7,
2000 mg of calcium carbonate, (update: this is too much if you also take > 2000 IU of vitamin D)
1,000 mg of phosphorus,
800 msg of magnesium citrate,
350 mg of strontium citrate,
20 mg of zinc picolinate,
200 mg of silicon (Horsetail extract),
3 mg of boron,
25 mcg of Vitamin D3, (1000 IU)

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