I never knew a bone density test existed until my annual GYN appointment three years ago. My doctor scheduled me for a bone destiny test because of my age, and the insurance industry would consider me eligible for a test every two to three years. After the test, my results were average, with no bone loss!
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In 2022, the insurance industry allowed for my second bone scan. My second scan was not as positive as my first, indicating that my bones are experiencing mild bone loss. How did I go from perfect to experiencing bone loss within three years?
My lifestyle of being extremely active and healthy did not change, plus I have been on hormone replacements for five years. Now, my doctor wants me to consume more calcium and vitamin D. Although women typically are at high risk for osteoporosis as they age, my change is alarming. My research has begun on osteoporosis, COVID-19, and vaccines.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is the disease that is most likely to cause weak bones. It is more common in older people, especially women. For people over fifty, an osteoporotic fracture will occur in one in two women and one in four men.
Why focus on COVID-19 and vaccines?
Research now indicates the following.
Megakaryocyte builds up significantly in the heart, lungs, and brain of those who died from COVID-19.
“It’s strange for such buildups to occur in these organs.”
Melissa Kacena, Ph.D., 2021.
Solutions to prevent osteoporosis
A typical response from doctors for years on preventing bone loss has been to increase vitamin D and calcium with vitamins and healthy food choices. However, my newest research on vitamin D indicates that it may be a waste of money and time, while other research suggests vitamin D was helpful for COVID-19 patients. I have not started on the effects of additional calcium intake.
There are several research projects completed and ongoing globally. An example of current research includes the following:
2021 – Indiana University researchers study long-term effects of COVID-19 on bone growth.
The research on mice models by researchers in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the IU School of Medicine discovered the following increases in mouse models infected with the novel coronavirus:
- 25% of their bone mass within two weeks
- 63% increase in osteoclasts
- Decreases in the following.
- 4% in trabecular bone volume fraction
- 0% in trabecular number
- 2% in trabecular thickness
- 8% increase in trabecular separation
“I don’t know if it translates to humans, but a lot of things do.” Melissa Kacena, Ph.D., 2021.
The Kacena Lab continues the study in Indianapolis, led by Melissa Kacena, Ph.D.; the research project and updates will be published in the medical journal BONE (VanOverberghe, 2021). The research was funded by the Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology (CCEH) at IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), and the VA Merit Review Award from the United States (U.S.) Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.
Once again, the above research and other research have not noted whether vaccinated people may also have the same bone loss. For researchers to ignore the effects of vaccines on bone destiny is unethical. The vaccines do not prevent the spread of the virus or infection. If a person is vaccinated, is bone density loss greater?
The short-term and long-term effects on the human body from being infected by the virus or from the vaccines are still unknown. A few suggestions to help humanity with bone destiny loss going forward:
Get a bone scan and create a plan to avoid serious injuries in the future.
Employers must offer bone scanning as a standard procedure that is 100% covered for all ages of employees every two to three years. Why? Most employers and politicians threatened their employees with vaccinations to keep their jobs.
Insurance companies need to make bone scanning an affordable process for organizations’ benefits packages.
More ethical research needs to be completed.