Bone loss is a silent and hidden marker of physiological imbalances.
Inadequate mineral intake, the sweat-induced loss of calcium and magnesium, stress (both physical and psychological) and the consumption of both caffeinated and sugary (acidic) beverages disrupt the body's basic chemistry. The combination of mineral loss and over-acidity will drastically reduce an athlete's ability to perform and recover well. In addition, when combined with less than optimal levels of vitamin D, omega 3 acids, nitric and oxide it exponentially increases the risk of bone loss for both men and women.
Bone Resorption Assessment provides an accurate assessment of the rate of bone turnover in an individual. Assessment allows you to identify not only if you are likely to develop osteoporosis, but more importantly to make nutrition, lifestyle and supplement adjustments and then monitor the efficacy of these choices over time.
Advantages of Urinary Bone Resorption Testing:
• Biochemical markers are convenient and inexpensive dynamic measures of bone turnover.
• Biomechanical markers provide immediate information on the rate of bone loss, thus helping to predict future losses.
• Static markers of bone mass, such as photon absorptiometry (bone scans), help to diagnose osteoporosis by establishing the amount of bone that has already been lost. They do not provide data on the rate of loss.
• Bone scans, unlike biochemical markers, are inconvenient for regular monitoring of therapies due to invasiveness and expense.
Measuring Bone Resorption:
Pyridinium crosslinks are stabilizers of collagen molecules. Bone collagen contains both pyridinoline (PYD), which is reflective of collagen loss of all types, and its component deoxypyridinoline (DPD), which specifically reflects bone collagen. Presence in the urine of higher than normal amounts of PYD and DPD indicate a rapid rate of bone loss.
Crosslink excretion is greatly increased in patients with osteoporosis, as well as in a number of other conditions. This assessment will allow you to determine your current bone health status and track improvements over time to ensure your program is effective.
Here is an example of the results report.