If you've got osteoporosis, or if you've had a bone mineral density test that shows you might be at risk, you could have a very serious food sensitivity. And if you take the right steps, it's possible you could stop bone loss in its tracks. It's even possible you could reverse it!

I know it sounds unbelievable, but hear me out....

Researchers recently studied 24 children (18 girls and 6 boys) with celiac disease, which is gluten sensitivity. This disease can severely impair your body's ability to absorb minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, and strontium (those most needed for strong bones). What these researchers found could radically alter how we treat many cases of osteoporosis.

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The researchers studied each of the children for bone mineral deficiency. They found that 58% of the group had a bone mineral density less than 90% of their peers. After 1.17 years on a gluten-free diet, their bone mineral density dramatically improved, especially in the youngest kids.

While this is a study on children, gluten sensitivity can wallop adults as well. I've written about gluten sensitivity repeatedly. Large numbers of Americans are affected, most of whom don't even know it. It can avoid detection and damage the lining of your intestine without you knowing about it.

Like these children, many Americans suffer from osteopenia, which is "mild" osteoporosis. Here's clear evidence that osteopenia is correctable in gluten-sensitive children. If you're sensitive to gluten, I have little doubt that it can help you too. It might take longer, but any improvement is better than a continuous decline.

If you have any bone loss, ask your doctor to test you for gluten sensitivity. If the test is positive, remain off gluten-containing products indefinitely. Such products include the grains barley, rye oats, wheat, and spelt. Wheat is the greatest offender, especially since it is virtually everywhere. After 6-12 months, you can get your calcium bone score rechecked. Please let me know about your experiences.

Tau, C., C. Mautalen, et al. "Bone mineral density in children with celiac disease. Effect of a Gluten-free diet," Eur J Clin Nutr, 2006; 60(3): 358-63.

 

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