Can Osteoporosis Be Reversed Without Drugs?

Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs? The answer is “yes!” But only if you use a very comprehensive treatment plan that addresses multiple underlying causes of osteoporosis.

Can osteoporosis be reversed

Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs? The answer is “yes!” But only if you use a very comprehensive treatment plan.

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Many women and men diagnosed with osteoporosis are immediately prescribed prescription drugs which, they discover sooner or later, can have difficult-to-tolerate side effects as well as frightening long-term risks. Can osteoporosis be reversed? This realization leads many individuals with osteoporosis to ask, “Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs?” Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoporosis, even with drug treatment, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Experts unanimously agree that osteoporosis is far easier to prevent than treat. (The condition is diagnosed via bone mineral density scans known as bone densitometry or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DXA, also written as DEXA. A “T-score” of osteoporosis -2.5 or -3.0 or lower indicates that you have osteoporosis.) Treating osteoporosis may be difficult, but that does not mean that it cannot be reversed, at least partially, as many studies have demonstrated. Certain natural treatments in addition to some pharmaceuticals have been showed in the scientific literature to rebuild bone and decrease the risk of bone fractures in those with osteoporosis.

Can Osteoporosis Be Reversed? Catch It as Early as Possible

When you lose too much bone, make too little bone, or both, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from sneezing or bumping into furniture. This can leave you crippled and in debilitating chronic pain. Fortunately, even weakened osteoporotic bone can become stronger and more flexible again with treatment. Reversing osteoporosis requires more than just a drug, however, and success generally depends on the severity of the osteoporosis at the time treatment is initiated.

Generally, answering the question “Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs?” depends on how severe and advanced the osteoporosis is and how comprehensive and aggressive the non-drug treatment plan is. The milder the bone loss, the more likely natural osteoporosis treatments can improve bone density.

“Once osteoporosis has been diagnosed, many of the natural interventions such as diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicines could be used aggressively in milder cases to slow bone loss, reduce fracture rates and possibly have a small impact on increasing bone density,” according to Dr. Tori Hudson, ND, a naturopathic physician and well-known expert in women’s health.[1] In more serious osteoporosis cases, she says, the natural intervention will become adjunct to a primary drug therapy such as a bisphosphonate like Fosomax.

Address the Many Underlying Causes of Osteoporosis

In the past, the cause of osteoporosis was considered a hormonal imbalance (primarily a lack of estrogen). But more and more men are suffering from osteoporosis, and research now clearly shows other underlying causes, among them oxidative stress, elevated blood sugar, inflammation, and components of the metabolic syndrome. Reversing osteoporosis requires an aggressive, comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the multiple underlying factors causing the bone loss.

Multi-faceted treatment plans that attack the many underlying causes of osteoporosis by incorporating nutrition, supplements, exercise, and, if necessary, drugs or hormone therapies, can reverse osteoporosis to some extent. Many experts in natural and integrative medicine have put together powerful osteoporosis treatment plans that comprehensively address underlying causes of osteoporosis by utilizing supplements, diet and lifestyle changes, and sometimes other integrative therapies such as hormone optimization using bioidentical hormones.

Common treatments include isoflavones, vitamins K and D, multiple minerals in highly absorptive forms (including strontium), melatonin, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, acid-lowering and anti-inflammatory diets, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Seeking Effective Natural Osteoporosis Treatments

While many studies have already validated the benefits of these types of natural therapies for osteoporosis, even more studies are currently underway. Naturopathic physician Mark Swanson, ND, is collaborating with Dr. Paula Witt-Enderby and her colleagues at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on a double-blind, placebo controlled study examining whether melatonin, strontium citrate and vitamins D3 and K2 can treat bone loss in women with thinning bones (osteopenia).[2]

“Current drug treatments for osteoporosis are not ideal,” Witt-Enderby said in a recent interview.[2] “They have only a 30 percent compliance rate, which really drops after six months. What’s needed is a convenient, safer and better-tolerated treatment. Many women are worried about having to take a powerful drug for months to years before they see results, so a more natural treatment is appealing. In the end, it’s all about safely preventing fractures and improving quality of life.”

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Originally published in 2015, this post is regularly updated.

[1] Hudson. T. Osteoporosis: Strategies for prevention and management. (Blog.) 2006 Oct 17. (Accessed Feb 25, 2014.)
[2] Duquesne University Times. Witt-Enderby Conducting Bone Loss Trial. 2013 July 24. (Accessed Feb 25, 2014).

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  • Hi, I live in brooklyn, n.y. I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis of the right hip. I do not want to take fosomax. can you recommend a naturopathic physician in my area? thank you

  • Hi, I live in brooklyn, n.y. I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis of the right hip. I do not want to take fosomax. can you recommend a naturopathic physician in my area? thank you

  • I have a very sensitive digestive system’ heart burn, nausea, COPD and am oxygen, and C and D3. Can you recommend alternative natural treatments and exercise?

  • I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and my Rheumatologist want me to start Prolia. I don’t have a very good feeling about this. Is there another way?

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    My mother has osteoporosis. She had taken alendronate for 7 years. But, earlier this year she had one injection of Prolia, with bad side effects, the doctor wants her to take another one but I disagreed. 8 weeks ago a friend at work, introduced me to Best Health Herbal Centre, after telling her my mother’s problem. I ordered 2 bottles of Osteoporosis herbal formula from Best Health Herbal Centre, which my mother only used for 6 weeks and the result was extremely marvellous and my mother osteoporosis was totally reversed. Am so happy to see my mother happy again.

  • It is so refreshing to know there are other alternatives other than pharma. meds to help or cure ailments for example osteroporosis. Please continue to provide such comments to the public. I look forward to reading more success stories and infor from your website. Thank you.

  • Osteoporosis herbal formula totally reversed her Osteoporosis I also have Osteo in my spine 3 fractures in my thoracic spine 1 in my Lumbar don’t know how long these fractures take to heal but also have the bones of an 80 year old I am 66 had a bone density test

  • thanks for the info iam tired of meds and no results I would love to find a center near me I live in Chicago if you could let me know of one I would appreciate it thanks kathleen

  • They still don’t have all the answers. Now they are saying stress is a cause??? If weight bearing exercises work because they trigger something positive n the bones (not sure how it works), then it would be safe to say that thinner, smaller framed people are at a higher risk. So maybe that is the reason for it.

  • I fractured my back lifting a picnic table. Found out have t-3 osteoporosis. They are blaming my seizure medication. Took 3 fosmax pills and took another seizure. Now took a shot of prolia. Taking calcium citrate with Vitamin D and magnesium. Changed seizure medication. They tell me I cannot lift or ride my horse. I need your help what can I do that works to reverse osteoporosis. Does it reverse I am 60.

  • Hi, I was diagnosed with Osteopenia 3 years ago and just recently diagnosed with Osteoporosis. My spinal lunbar is a -3.2 and I really don’t want to have to take fosomax. What can I do to reverse or stabilize my condition and what natural herbs can I take? I workout Mon-Friday 1 to 2 hours a day but I am starting to feel some pain at times in back. Thank you and I am looking forward to your reply at your earliest convenience.

  • My osteo was brought on by high risk meds such as prednisone use to treat RA. Still on other high risk meds. Xeljang and methotrexate. I am tempted to order AlgaeCal which claims to reverse osteoporosis. There is so much info out there. Any advice or proven source for information? Thank you

  • I have been Dx with osteoporosis and told I must startcProlus. I am hesitant because of immune side effect. I already have, diabetes, mild asthma, hasimotos thyroid, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and now ulcerative colitis, diabetes;; DO I NEED TO TAKE A CHANCE ON ANY MORE IMMUNE COMPLICATION AS IT ANN APPARENT SIDE EFFECT OF PROLIA? Advise please!

  • I am on Risedronate 150mg once a month. Already some bad side effects inflammation and pain. I had cancer 5 yrs ago chemo and radiation – had gallbladder removed — I am on 75mg synthroid for thyroid. Is there anything natural I can take for osteoporosis — I already had a compression fracture of the spine.I have read good things about AlgaeCal and Strontium. Asking your opinion on these vitamins. Thank you

  • I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few weeks ago but have been suffering for quite awhile from it. I also have sjogens I asked my doctor how I could stop it and he said you can’t. I could sure use some information on how to treat it all he did was give me a prescription. A new doctor in S.C would be greatly appreciated.

  • Have had early stage of breast cancer. & radiation 2018
    On aniztrole tablets 5 yrs
    Been diagnosed with oestioporosis _3
    Have some teeth missing considering implants
    Do i have to have the injections 2x yearly? As would like to manage it diet & excercise and would like to do implants told once i start. Implants i get get cancer of the jaw if taking drugs injections for oestioporisis

  • I had invasive back surgery in 2012. L-3 to S-1. L-4 & L-5 were to be fused but when the surgeon opened my back up, I was in worse shape than the MRI’s had shown. I had osteoporosis in my spine which I didn’t know…so no hardware could be placed in those bones. I had an honest Surgeon because the bones where so brittle the hardware would have slipped and possibly went in my spinal cord leaving me paralyzed. I stay in chronic pain and sometimes it gets excruciating. I’m working with a new surgeon who was the first to do a CT SCAN on my back. I have spinal stenosis again & he realizes I might be in a permanent condition because I’m so complicated. I have MS also. He suggested steroid injections in three different places to see if that would help to relieve my pain. I know cortisone, prednisone and steroids are not good for your bones. I’ve always been a health nut. Before troubles with my back, I was very active. Now I’m very debilitated and I feel like I’m in a 90 year old body and I’m in my sixties. I do not like taken medication. I take pharmaceutical grade supplements along with Pure Technologies Calcium with Vitamin K and magnesium. I also take D-3/5,000 units along with Vitamin C for immune and to help with Collagen. There’s so much flooding the market, you have to do a lot of research. I need to build bone density. I have another Dr that wants to put me on Tymlos an 18 month injection everyday. You take it once in a lifetime. It’s a new drug but after reading the side effects causing osteosarcoma in rodents, I decided that was not for me.
    So I’m going to try and reverse my osteoporosis naturally and get out of the pharma game. I realize I’ll never be pain free but if it could be tolerable. I’ll never be my active self again but I want to be able to walk. Finding contentment is a blessing with your circumstances.

  • I contacted Best Health Herbal Center. The osteoporosis formula is $500.00 for 7 weeks. That’s costly but if it works!

  • I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and arthritis. I cannot take meds due to sensitive stomach. I do not want knee replacements. Also when they tried to give me dental implants, even after sinus lift surgery, they fell out due to bone loss, I have been taking vitamins D and glucosamine for years but not much help. Any advice or treatment would be appreciated. Thank you

  • I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have just started therapy with Osteo Strong – is this a good program for bone repair?

  • 2.5 yrs ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was told it can only get worse and prescribed fosamax. Instead I took boron x 1, magnesium citrate x 1, vit d3 x 3, k2 x 1, and strong bones x2, glass of cashew milk daily for 2 years. and occasional super man exercise. 2 yrs later I no longer have it. I now have osteopenia.

  • I have seen what aggressive treatment did/ does to my older sister. Her skeleton has become so hard now that there is no flexibility left, she breaks bones because of this now! Strontium hardens the bones. I have refused the treatment and help myself through healthy diet! You can reverse! I have been diagnosed B12 deficient, the cause of osteoporosis as in my family, we have absorption problems. I also was deficient in most other B vitamins, also vitamin D . I am now on regular Hydroxocobalamin injections, need to keep an eye on the balance of all the other vitamins also very important…vitamin K and minerals like magnesium and zinc. I supplement with that only when absolutely necessary, have private blood tests regularly. I try to get what I need with a good diet first. Make sure your gut is in good health as a bad gut will hinder absorption of food, will make it more difficult! Also do not forget regular exercise, 30 min minimum, a good fast walk, gardening. Go to gym for weights and weight bearing exercises. Get out in the sun ( not midday of course) for minimum of 20 min on bare skin in spring and summer, a monthly sunbed session at medium settings in winter if you can’t afford a trip to get winter sun. It works for me so far! Getting old needs careful management of the basics not expensive drugs regimes, that is as a last resort when you have not been able look after yourself sufficiently over the years.

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