How much exercise does it take to save a life? This month's bulletin starts with a study that answers that question. It turns out a little bit of effort goes a long way.
Next, we'll look at a report on a new software program that analyzes x-rays to estimate fracture risk. Its developers claim it's more accurate than the DEXA scans that are the industry standard for determining bone mineral density.
Finally, you'll learn about a new osteoporosis drug in development. The Big Pharma researchers behind this drug think that it will be more effective than previous ones, and safe to take for a longer time. We'll scrutinize these claims.
Ten Minutes Of Exercise A Day Could Save Lives
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine used accelerometers (step counters) and medical records to compare the activity levels and mortality outcomes of 4,840 adults aged 40 to 85. The researchers found that as participants' physical activity increased, the likelihood of an early death decreased.
In fact getting as little as 10, 20, or 30 additional minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day reduced the study groups' yearly mortality rates by seven, 13, and 17 percent respectively.
The scientists extrapolated the study results to estimate how many deaths in the total population of the United States could be prevented by additional moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).
“In this cohort study, we estimated that approximately 110 000 deaths per year could be prevented if US adults aged 40 to 85 years or older increased their MVPA by a small amount (ie, 10 minutes per day). Similar benefits were observed for men and women and for Mexican American, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic White adults. “1
Clearly, adding more physical activity to your day– be it a workout routine, a dance class, or a walk– can offer excellent benefits to your health and longevity.
A new study of 4,840 older adults found that increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity by as little as 10 minutes per day resulted in a significant reduction in the risk of early death. This risk reduction grew with additional minutes of exercise per day.
A New Bone Health Scanning Technology
British medical technologists have invented a new software that analyzes quantitative X-rays to assess bone density and the likelihood of osteoporosis. The software is called IBEX Trueview. Its inventors are touting it as an alternative to DEXA scans to identify bone loss earlier and more effectively.
A new study has confirmed this assertion.
“The findings of the study – entitled ‘Prospective comparative study of quantitative X-ray (QXR) versus dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to determine the performance of QXR as a predictor of bone health for adult patients in secondary care’ – were recently published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, one of the most respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.
The findings show that Trueview can help to predict a patient’s risk of a future fracture from X-rays that have already been taken – for instance following a minor accident.”2
Learning about bone loss can lead to taking action, but chances are, the Medical Establishment will turn to Big Pharma for that course of action instead of taking the opportunity to build a bone-healthy lifestyle to help regain bone quality and strength without taking harmful drugs.
A group of medical software developers has developed a computer program that analyzes quantitative x-rays to provide an estimate of fracture risk considered by its creators to be more accurate than DEXA scans. While information about a patient’s bone health is valuable– the real question is what will doctors and patients do with that information. Medical professionals and Big Pharma will most likely use this new technology to push harmful and ineffective drugs instead of recommending a drug-free intervention.
New Class Of Osteoporosis Drugs On The Way
A collection of American and Indian biotech and pharmaceutical companies have announced that they are creating a new class of osteoporosis drugs. This new drug utilizes a botanical Caviunin-based compound extracted from the plant Dalbergia sissoo, also known as the North Indian Rosewood.
They claim that this as-yet-non-existent drug will reduce the risk of fracture and will be safer and more effective than existing osteoporosis drugs.
“Osteoporosis is a chronic condition requiring a life-long treatment. Approved treatment duration of currently available drugs ranges from 1 to 5 years (depending on the drug) due to waning efficacy and increasing risk of adverse events. Caviunin-based therapeutic has a huge potential to change the standard of care for osteoporosis. The potential benefit risk profile is expected to be second to none with desirable efficacy and safety for long-term use,” said Dr. Parag G. Mehta, CEO of Aveta Biomics, USA. “We are excited to bring these new drugs to the patients and pleased that we can benefit from deep scientific know-how of CDRI team.”3
So far, this drug is completely untested since it hasn't been developed yet. Its effects are unknown. The fact that it is based on a plant-derived compound doesn't mean that the resulting drug won't have negative side effects.
It is telling that in the context of touting a new drug, this pharmaceutical conglomerate openly admits that existing osteoporosis drugs are ineffective and unsafe.
Fortunately, we have decades of scientific studies showing that we don't need any drugs (new or old!) to prevent and reverse osteoporosis.
A pharmaceutical company has announced the development of a new class of osteoporosis drugs based on a compound extracted from the North Indian Rosewood tree. This drug doesn't yet exist, but they claim it will be more effective and safer than existing osteoporosis drugs. However, Savers know that drugs are not necessary to prevent and reverse osteoporosis.
What This Means To You
New Big Pharma devices and drugs will continue to emerge in the never-ending quest to profit off of people's fear of fracture. Meanwhile, Savers are aware of the scientific evidence that shows how we can prevent fractures, strengthen bone, and increase our overall health through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Those all-natural approaches comprise the backbone of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
The Save Institute also provides robust support for increasing your daily activity levels through our online video-workout platform SaveTrainer. In it, you can find a wide variety of exercise videos with trained professionals for all fitness levels.
You have everything you need to live a healthier life, free from the fear of fracture. It just takes the willingness to learn, make small changes, and stick with it!