Manganese deficiency could lead to Osteoporosis 

Saturday, November 3, 2018
manganese deficiency could lead to osteoporosis 

 According to researchers, manganese is essential for calcium absorption by bones. Researchers of the Research Institute of Hunting Resources (IREC) believe that when the human body absorbs less manganese, it prevents the absorption of calcium.  So, the loss of calcium is a consequence of the disease and not the origin. The research is published in a journal called  Stem Cell Research and Therapy. 

It began in 2005 when scientists noticed a dramatic increase in antler breakages in Spain. A thorough analysis of weakening of antlers showed that it was due to manganese depletion. They found out that during extreme winters, plants, which constitutes deer's main food, reduce their manganese concentrations. Manganese acts like to glue that keeps calcium stuck to the bones.  

In humans, manganese is extracted from the bones when it is required by more important organs, for example, the brain. The body is smart enough to understand that sustaining the brain's functioning is more important than bones. 

They studied 113 patients who were operated upon for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis at Hellín Hospital in Albacete, Spain between 2008 and 2009. Forty percent patients who underwent surgery for osteoporosis showed some sort of cerebral dysfunction while osteoarthritis patients didn't show any such dysfunction. 
The research is the first step in a new direction, which can change the course of treatment of osteoporosis. 

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