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Osteoporosis – A Doctor’s View

Are you worried about your bones or have a family history of osteoporosis? Dr Bond has been treating osteoporosis with progesterone for many years and shares her view on why it is so important.

Dame Dr Shirley Bond

Osteoporosis is a condition that can affect men and women at any age but is more common and more of a problem for women approaching the menopause.

What is often forgotten is that bone is a living tissue and can therefore be built up and improved. All of the drugs prescribed for women with osteoporosis just slow down bone breakdown. While this is important if there is rapid breakdown, they do not build up new bone. In addition most of them have a number of unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.

Building up new bone is more important because old bone becomes brittle and more prone to fracture. Most women who have osteoporosis or osteopenia have it as a result of failing to build up enough bone when younger rather than rapid breakdown so the ability to build up new bone is important for them.

For bone to build up the body needs the right nutrients and the right hormone balance.

Most doctors just suggest calcium in high doses and vitamin D as the nutrients needed. While these are needed on their own they will not build up new bone and the excess calcium can cause hardening of arteries, joint and kidney problems.

Among the other nutrients needed are vitamin K2, magnesium, silica and boron. The best way to obtain these nutrients is in a well balanced bone supplement from a reputable company.

Why oestrogen is not the only hormone you need

Regarding hormone balance: often you will read that the bones need oestrogen. While this is partly true in so far as oestrogen slows bone breakdown, the hormone progesterone is far more important.

Progesterone, the natural hormone not to be confused with the chemical progestogen/progestin, is the hormone that builds up new bone.

In my practice I have found that bioidentical nnatural progesterone combined with a good bone supplement will result in build up of bone.

The interesting thing that I have also found is that even if women still have a low bone density and have a fall they are less likely to have a fracture. I’m sure this is because the bones are building up new young supple bone rather than consisting of old brittle bone.

Helpful information:

An excellent book on osteoporosis is by the late John Lee, MD ‘What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Osteoporosis’.

To properly identify osteoporosis you are best to have a screening from your doctor, or privately via ultrasound. Information on mobile and in practice screening can be found here:

Information on ultrasound screening by Harley Place Screening at

Please note that at the present time due to Covid restrictions screening is not available, but if you’d like further information please email

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AnnA Rushton | 9:08 am, March 2nd, 2018

Please email for individual help with your symptoms, telling them their severity and any medication you are on Stella..

STELLA PENROSE | 1:14 pm, March 1st, 2018

I am 79 and want information about Serenity cream and 20-1 for post menopause.

AnnA Rushton | 3:04 pm, November 8th, 2017

Blood testing information is in this article Angie and if you require further help then email for individual help with your symptoms.

Angie | 11:46 am, November 7th, 2017

I am wanting information, how to go about Hrt and blood testing,
Thank you

AnnA Rushton | 8:49 am, December 1st, 2015

Lesley with those symptoms you would be best to start with a progesterone only cream such as Serenity and as symptoms come under control you can then switch to a combination cream such as 20-1 as it contains both progesterone and oestrogen to help with the dryness.

Lesley vintiner | 2:20 pm, November 30th, 2015

I am 51 I started premenstrual menopause at 40.I was on hrt for quit a few years..I’m still suffering with hot flushes headaches,Very dry down below prone to infections..I am blowted all the time tired very snappy ..Please can you help I would appriciate it..Depression as well ..Thank you so much for taking the time to read this ..

Kind regards
Lesley ..

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