Mr Joseph Ben is the CEO of Amorphical a local innovative developer and producer of drugs and supplements able to manufacture a stable form of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC). This is the only supplement in the market.
At Amorphical we have managed to do what about 400 other research institutes in the world have not been able to do: stabilize the amorphous calcium! It is the only amorphous calcium supplement on the market Calcium is an essential minerals for your body!ACC is manufactured today at Amorphical’s plant in the Arava desert of Israel. It has unique properties such as: its primary particles are in the nanometric range (10-100nm. It has increased solubility and bioavailability compared to crystalline form of calcium carbonate.
In a talk with the Jerusalem Post’s Golden age he explained that Osteoporosis (calcium deficiency) is a common problem that causes bones to become thin and brittle and break more easily. The female hormone estrogen helps maintain the density and structure of bones and therefore women are more liable to develop osteoporosis especially after menopause due to decreased levels of estrogen in the blood . This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55. It can sometimes happen earlier naturally. Or for reasons such as surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) or the uterus (hysterectomy), cancer treatments like chemotherapy, or a genetic reason. In general, both men and women reach peak bone density around the age of 30. After that, bone loss begins to develop. It starts slowly and gradually, but for women it begins accelerating during menopause and for men after middle age.
How is it diagnosed, or must one wait till the bone fractures after a fall for example?
Today, there is a recommendation to women over 50 to perform a bone density test called DEXA scan. Usually it does not display any symptoms, it is considered a “silent” disease that is difficult to identify unless a medical examination is performed. Of most concern is the increased risk of incidences of osteoporotic bone fractures. An osteoporotic fracture is a fracture that over a rug and falling down may incur a hip fracture. Incidentally the most common osteoporotic fractures are in the lumbar spine (lower back), the femoral neck and the longer bones in the limbs. These fractures involve great pain and suffering, a decline in quality of life, difficulties functioning on a daily basis, and sometimes even disability and death. It is estimated that the risk of fracture in a 50-year-old woman at some point during the remainder of her lifetime is very high. There is a 20% risk of a hip fracture and up to a 50% risk of any kind of osteoporotic fracture.
If someone has already had an osteoporotic fracture in the past, there is an even greater risk of a future fracture.
How can you maintain healthy bones?
The answer can be divided into two, namely prevention and medication.
Amorphous calcium carbonate was evaluated in several preclinical and clinical studies with regard to its solubility, bioavailability and bone densities. It has been found in an animal model for osteoporosis that consuming ACC resulted with increased bone densities compared to calcium citrate and crystalline calcium carbonate treated animals. Moreover, a clinical study on postmenopausal women showed that consumption of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate resulted with higher bioavailability compared to crystalline calcium carbonate. Another clinical study done on people with Hypoparathyroidism, a condition that causes low calcium levels, patients were able to reduce their daily calcium intake by half when replacing their current calcium supplement with ACC.
One can maintain strong and healthy bones by consuming sufficient calcium intake either in ones normal everyday diet or by taking calcium supplements. Most calcium from diet is from dairy products. It is recommended that young men and women ingest at least 1,000 mg. of calcium per day, and postmenopausal women should ingest at least 1,200 mg. In addition, one should take a daily intake of vitamin D for both older men and women, stop smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcoholic drinks.
If there is a diagnosed drop in bone density the use of medication is recommended, they can slow down the rate of bone loss or even increase bone density. If after a number of years there is an improvement in bone density your doctor may be able to recommend a temporary reprieve from taking these medications.
What should you ask your doctor to help you identify a potential diagnosis of osteoporosis and potential treatment options?
Make an appointment with one's family doctor at one of the “kupot holim” , Clalit , Macabi, Meuhedet , and ask the doctor for a bone density test. This should be taken for men but especially for women after the age of 60 or earlier if you have shown risk factors for developing osteoporosis. Make an appointment with the Kupat Holim dietician to determine your daily calcium requirement. Take a blood test for vitamin D levels and other laboratory tests as needed. The results of these tests may determine whether there is a high risk of fractures or if bone density tests indicate osteoporosis and is so the necessary medication. And last but not least it is advisable to enroll in a reputable physical fitness institute. Early detection and periodic evaluations of the risk of future fractures are helpful for successful treatment. So consult your family doctor. If there is a need, consult an endocrinology expert as well. Early discovery of osteoporosis tendencies will And the treatment herewith will prevent very painful and unpleasant.
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This article was written in cooperation with Amorphicure