Osteoporosis and Progesterone therapy

by Patricia Beattie
(Alice Springs, Australia)

I am 68 years old and have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis (medium risk of fractures, especially in the femoral neck area) and my chiropractor put me on to your site.

According to your survey I am progesterone deficient. Would you recommend progesterone therapy to reverse bone loss and how does it work? I am not clear about the application of the cream. Where should the cream be applied for bone building?

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Feb 23, 2010
Osteoporosis and Progesterone therapy
by: Wray

Hi Patricia. Progesterone is only part of a very complex process, it does stimulate the osteoblasts which deposit new bone. So it is vital, but so are many other nutrients. Taking large quantities of calcium will not improve bone density. Other essential nutrients are magnesium and vitamins D and B6, without these calcium is not deposited in bones. Normal levels of calcium in bones but low levels of magnesium show abnormal calcification of the bone, which increases the risk of fractures. High levels of calcium in the blood has been implicated in gall and kidney stones, arthritic spurs and calcification of the arteries and brain. The amino acid taurine is an important osmolyte, vital in regulating the flow of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium into and out of all cells. Vitamin D is essential, please have a blood test done to check your level, see this site for more info. And these papers:
Paper 1
Paper 2

Recent research has shown that a high protein diet, taken in conjunction with calcium intake increases bone strength, see this.

The amino sugars (proteoglycans), have also been found to be critical to strong bones, see here.

Homocysteine has been implicated in osteoporosis, so it would be advisable to have levels checked and if high reduce it with zinc, folic acid, vitamin B2, B6 and B12 and TMG, see here.

A high salt and sugar intake causes the body to excrete increased amounts of calcium. Progesterone is absorbed well by all parts of the skin, including the hair follicles. So there is no one place to apply it for bones. Please see this web page for more info on how to use it. Take care, Wray

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