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Osteoporosis - a 20th century disease

Osteoporosis - a 20th century disease

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The body is constantly in the process of renewal, old cells die and are replaced by new ones. This process naturally also takes place in our bones. With osteoporosis, however, the new formation of bone mass cannot keep pace with the breakdown. The bones become porous. The insidious thing is that many people feel no impairment until they suffer the first bone fracture.

What are the causes?

There are basically two categories that have to be distinguished here. Medicinal side effect and deconditioning.

DXA scan results of a 60 year old woman with osteopenia, the preliminary stage of osteoporosis
DXA scan results of a 60 year old woman with osteopenia, the preliminary stage of osteoporosis

Medicinal side effect: Bone enemy number 1 is cortisone, one of the most important anti-inflammatory drugs unfortunately has a strong bone-degrading effect after just a few months. Other causes can include organ transplants, antiepileptics, antidepressants, chemotherapy, anti-viral AIDS therapy, blood thinners and steroid therapies.

Deconditioning: To understand this, a look up helps. 400 kilometers to the International Space Station, to be exact. Atronauts are observed to lose up to 1.5% bone mass per month in zero gravity. These are processes that take place to a similar extent, only much more slowly, in old age and lead to osteoporosis , ”says Stefan Schneider, head of the Center for Integrative Physiology in Space at the German Sport University Cologne . The bottom line is that if the bone is no longer stressed, it breaks down.

Body tissue constantly adapts to the external circumstances. The logic is obvious that bone can also build up if it is put under meaningful loads.

“ When the bone is stressed, it builds up ”

— Wolff-Transformationsgesetz, Julius Wolff (1836–1902)

Treatment options

Landing of an athlete, the muscle has to apply eccentric braking force
Landing of an athlete, the muscle has to apply eccentric braking force

The basis of the considerations for advanced osteogenic loading is the Wolff law, which was formulated around 1900. It says that controlled axial compression of the bone (i.e. from head to head) can stimulate its natural compression reaction. In the 1960s the mechanostat theorem was supplementedpostulates, which establishes a linear relationship between the peak force of the muscle and the bone density of the connected bone. The athlete in the picture above exposes her femur (thigh bone) when landing a peak force of 10X body weight (c. 5000 Newton). It has been repeatedly observed that gymnasts, long jumpers and other athletes who are often exposed to these top performers during landings have the highest bone density.

It is also interesting to note that every landing requires a natural "braking movement" of the muscles. It is not for nothing that our muscles are up to 1.7x as strong in this movement. It is therefore important to recreate this landing phase in a controlled manner in order to set a bone building stimulus.

New technology for safe maximum forces

HIT strength training with AURUM
The strength training revolution

The adaptive resistance principle simulates the landing shown above in slow motion, so to speak. The forces that occur during each of the 6 exercises are stored and can provide direct information about whether we have entered the “osteogenisis zone” during the exercise. The more force that can be applied in a specific kinetic chain (eg buttocks / legs), the higher the associated bone density. Bones and skeletal muscle form one unit. The peak strength of a muscle is limited by the load capacity of the bone. If the peak force improves, the strength of the bone builds up at the same time. Long before the next DXA scan, the positive trend in peak strength means that the bones will become stronger again.

Results

Research shows that the effective stimulus for osteogenesis (regeneration of healthy bone mass) is 4.2X body weight[1]. Without adaptive resistance technology, it would be impossible to repeatedly expose people of all ages and fitness levels to such forces. Fortunately for AURUM FIT members, it is now possible to safely, easily and painlessly expose yourself to forces of 5X to 12X body weight. These peak forces, which occur for only a few seconds during the first eccentric repetition, are among the most powerful stimuli that our musculoskeletal system can receive. Research clearly shows that it only needs one stimulus per week. The administration of calcium and vitamin D alone is not sufficient. Just as we do not get a muscular body from a protein-rich diet, our bones are not strengthened by calcium alone. It needs a potent appeal.

Research shows that the effective stimulus for osteogenesis (regeneration of healthy bone mass) is 4.2X body weight.
effective stimulus for osteogenesis (regeneration of healthy bone mass) is 4.2X body weight

Case study

The mother of one of our founders suffers from osteoporosis. Since the foundation of AURUM, she has completed an AURUM training every 7-10 days. The results are summarized below. Bisphosphonates were discontinued during the observation period and only attention was paid to a mineral-rich diet. A reversal of osteoporosis could be observed:

Bone Mineral Density woman 60 years

A healthy and mineral-rich diet was taken care of. Enough calcium and vitamin D3 were added.

Investigation date 18.08.2017
Investigation date: 13.09.2019

Sources:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22492557

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