Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Osteoporosis

Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have a higher risk of getting osteoporosis. This is a condition where the body is depleted of calcium so it absorbs needed calcium from its bones. This results in the bones becoming thin and weak. Broken hips, spine and non stress fractures increase. Osteoporosis is a silent disease in that a patient does not know they have it until they experience a fracture.

An autoimmune disease such as chronic fatigue syndrome or Fibromyalgia depletes the body’s ability to absorb calcium. The immune system is focused on decreasing inflammation and the absorption of vital nutrients from food is not completed. The result is that these individuals will become even more apt to bone fractures.

Foods that are needed to help reduce chronic fatigue muscle fatigue are also foods that aid in the increase and absorption of calcium. Vegetables and fruits raise the body’s ph level. These are termed alkalizing. If the body has too high a level of acid in its blood calcium will be absorbed from its bones to keep the ph of blood slightly alkaline. Eating foods that are naturally high in calcium such as kale, spinach and broccoli will offset the acidic level of the bloodstream. These also contain high levels of vitamin K and magnesium, which are lacking in patients with osteoporosis. These vitamins aid in absorption of nutrients, which are crucial for individuals suffering from chronic fatigue symtpoms. Spending a short amount of time in the sun daily increases the absorption of vitamin D, which increases the body’s ability to absorb calcium.

Women that have lower levels of oestrogen are prone to osteoporosis. The introduction of phyto-oestrogen foods is suggested. Examples of these foods are tempeh, yams, soybeans, and miso. Intake of these foods will aid in bone cell production. The addition of foods that contain boron such as millets, oats, celery, parsnips, grapes, pears, peaches, apples, hazelnuts, almonds, and lettuce help bones regenerate. Avoid foods that cause the body to increase its acidity level. These foods include pasta, grains, pepper, ice cream, soft drinks, prunes, catsup, sauerkraut, asparagus, shellfish, nuts, seeds, brussel sprouts and cocoa. Some of these foods are highly recommended for patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. In order for them to balance their diet they could include a higher level of alkaline foods such as green leafy vegetables, eggs noodles or fish along with foods such as nuts and seeds.

Smoking not only introduces harmful toxins into the body but it depletes stored calcium from bones which can be linked to one of the causes of chronic fatigue. If an individual suffers from this disease and osteoporosis smoking will only increase the symptoms and it should be stopped.

Reducing added amounts of stress will decrease the amount of adrenalin released by the body. Excess adrenalin attacks the bones and long-term stress will place added depletion of calcium.

Relaxation techniques help reduce stress. Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, soothing music and stretching will help calm the person and allow the body to absorb much needed calcium.

Weight bearing activities will help an individual with osteoporosis by strengthening the surrounding muscles and strengthening bone by forcing it to support added strain. Weight bearing activities are free weights, resistance training, weight machines, walking, dancing, low impact aerobics, and stair climbing. Weight bearing activities also benefit the individual with chronic fatigue by raising the concentration of oxygen needed for tissue that has become inflamed.

The presence of osteoporosis continues to rise in white, Asian and twenty five percent of postmenopausal females. By following simple changes to diet and lifestyle these statistics may be reduced.

One Response to “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Osteoporosis”

  1. Anyone know risks of taking biphosponate drugs for ME/CFS and or fibromyalgia patients? Are there special concerns?

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