The high incidence of this condition (now one in four women, increasing to one in two by age 70) makes it a major health risk of aging. The bones become porous and brittle due to loss of bone density. Standard treatment is usually supplementation of calcium and estrogen. However, this approach may be of limited value as it does not consider the very complex nature of the problem. Osteoporosis is not a simple lack of calcium disease. The predisposing factors are different in each individual. The type of calcium used is very important, as some forms will only worsen the condition, while others are poorly absorbed and ineffective. Many minerals are involved in bone structure. The overall balance of all minerals needs to be considered, as well as the individual mineral profile.
Diseases such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, gut permeability, poor digestive absorption, celiac disease, alcoholism, chronic immobilization, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and anorexia are possible contributing factors. Other factors may be low estrogen levels, low Vitamin D levels or raised cortisol levels due to long-term stress.