Citracal Bone Density

Citracal Bone Density

I just saw an ad for Citracal (Bayer), boasting genistein, "proven to significantly improve bone density," -?

Would we expect from any estrogen-like substance?

Interesting:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genistein

Yes, estrogens are known to prevent osteoporosis, both slows bone thinning and increases the thickness of bone.
Some people still use artificial estrogens (Premarin, as made from the urine of pregnant mares) as a drug to prevent osteoporosis, but it is a very risky behavior pure human estrogen are known to cause several types of cancers. It''s a trade off against osteoporosis and cancer because there are several other medications to prevent osteoporosis, estrogen should not be used for this purpose.

Plant estrogens have a much sweeter than synthetic or purified human estrogen mammals. However, the plant estrogens have not been evaluated by the FDA, and has not been proved that any kind of real treatment. That is why they are not sold as prescription drugs against the drug can be sold on prescription, if proven in several well designed clinical trials to be both safe and effective. Plant estrogens have been used only in the counter products, such as treatments for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and irritability.

That is what their site had to say:
More genistein, an ingredient found in nature in soybeans,
which has been proven to significantly increase bone density by up to 5% .*
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

They may be part of their own tests and tried to show things works, but the FDA has not approved the test methods or their results.

Note that very few prescription drugs based on plants have been "proven to work." Medication Herbal have not been evaluated by the FDA must contain a warning label:
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This means that this product has a historical use as an herbal treatment for this disease, but not laboratory data. Also, because these products are not recognized or monitored by the FDA, their quality, safety and effectiveness can not be guaranteed. Herbal products have been tested by independent companies many times and have almost always shown that they have varying quality, quantity and condition of plants in the capsules.
Herbal medicines may be possible for you to take, but the details depend on your other medications (which often interact) and your health. Please consult a doctor or a pharmacist (not a store owner herbal / seller) before taking any herbal medication.

Sorry for the long answer hope it helped.

I want to know, is reducing the incidence of bone fractures? Or is it simply inhibiting bone resorption, leading to the accumulation of many old, brittle bone, which makes the patient more susceptible to broken bones?

Now, answer my question?

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index; ...

I think it''s hogwash. I had osteoporosis induced by drugs. I tried Fosomax and another, I do not remember the past several years and they did nothing. In one summer, I broke both legs (at different times) and both arms (at different times).

My MD put me on an injectable medicine called Forteo for one year. My last bone density test was normal.

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