Can You Reverse Osteoporosis? Debunking the Myth and Exploring Hopeful Approaches

Can You Reverse Osteoporosis? Debunking the Myth and Exploring Hopeful Approaches

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by decreased bone density. Lower bone density then leads to an increased risk of fractures. According to Osteoporosis Canada 2.3 million Canadians are living with osteoporosis. Also. over 80% of all fractures in people 50+ are caused by osteoporosis.  Many Canadians living with osteoporosis wonder whether it is possible to reverse osteoporosis and regain healthy bone mass. In this article, we will explore the ongoing debate surrounding the question "can you reverse osteoporosis?". Conventional wisdom suggests that osteoporosis may not be fully reversible. But, emerging evidence indicates that certain strategies like osteogenic loading may offer hope in improving bone health and reducing the risk of fractures.

Part 1: Debunking the Myth of Full Reversibility

Traditionally, medical professionals have been hesitant about claiming full reversibility of osteoporosis. This is due to its complex nature. Diet, medications, and exercise can all play essential roles in managing osteoporosis. But, they may not always be enough for a complete reversal back to healthy bones. Also, osteoporosis is often a result of a combination of factors. These include age, genetics, hormones, and lifestyle choices.

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, along with prescribed medications, can improve bone density scores. But, they might not restore bone mass to normal levels.

Part 2: Medication and Pharmaceuticals - A Double-Edged Sword

Pharmaceutical interventions such as bisphosphonates have been used to improve bone density scores in osteoporosis patients. These medications work by slowing down bone resorption and promoting bone formation. While they may seem promising, they also come with potential side effects. These include gastrointestinal issues, musculoskeletal pain, and, in rare cases, an increased risk of atypical fractures.

Moreover, long-term use of certain medications can lead to "over-mineralization" of bones. This causes them to become more brittle and prone to fractures. This paradoxical effect has led to further discussions on the limitations of relying solely on pharmaceuticals to combat osteoporosis.

Part 3: Exploring New Approaches - Exercise and Osteogenic Loading

Recent research has shown promising results in reversing osteoporosis through specific exercise regimens. Particularly weight-bearing exercises and osteogenic loading. For example, weight-bearing exercises such as walking, dancing, and stair climbing. These help stimulate muscle formation which can increase balance and reduce potential falls.

Osteogenic loading is a somewhat new concept in Canada. It involves applying precisely calibrated resistance to bones, triggering bone-building cells to produce stronger bones. This innovative approach has shown remarkable potential in increasing bone density in some individuals with osteoporosis. Many individuals utilizing osteogenic loading have seen their bone density improve. It has gone from osteoporosis to osteopenia (low bone density) and in some cases even improve all the way to having healthy bone density. But, its effectiveness may vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition and other individual factors.


While a complete reversal of osteoporosis may remain a challenge, individuals living with the condition can take proactive steps to improve bone health and reduce the risk of fractures. A holistic approach is a great choice. Combining a balanced diet, prescribed supplements, and osteogenic loading, can improve quality of life. Also, it can reduce the chances of fractures and breaks. Furthermore, innovative techniques like osteogenic loading offer hope for the future. It also shows that our understanding of osteoporosis continues to evolve. Consultation with healthcare professionals and adopting a well-rounded lifestyle remains the key to managing osteoporosis and maintaining bone health throughout life.


By Michael Lindee | Aug 17, 2023 |




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