The scientific community is still reeling from the news that collagen supplements, such as CollagenX, are helping to improve the health of people with osteoporosis.
However, a new study published in The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has found that collagen supplementation can help slow down bone loss, even for people with already-robust bones.
The study, led by Dr. Stephen A. Karpis of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Washington and published in the journal Bone and Joint Surgery, looked at whether collagen supplementation might be helpful in slowing down bone atrophy in people with low-grade osteoporsosis.
It is a common finding that when people with a bone disorder are taking collagen supplements and they stop losing their bones, they tend to improve in bone density and size.
The researchers found that people with bone disorders were significantly more likely to stop having osteopontic fractures compared to those who were not taking collagen.
However, the researchers found a strong relationship between the collagen supplement and bone mass loss.
“People who were taking collagen supplementation had lower bone mass and less bone density than those who weren’t,” said Karpi.
“So when you take a collagen supplement, you’re increasing bone mass, but it’s not the same as you’re actually increasing bone density.”
This is why the researchers hypothesized that bone loss may be a factor behind osteoprotection and bone health.
They hypothesized that, while collagen may help slow bone loss and increase bone mass in people who already have low-quality bone, it could also be the factor behind bone loss when people take a supplement to help them lose weight.
“Our study found that when you use collagen, it is linked to increased bone mass,” said Astrid Höfling, an osteopath at the Institute for Clinical Investigation at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, who was not involved in the study.
“This may be because of the positive effects of collagen, and also because collagen helps maintain a bone structure that’s more stable.
So if we could prevent bone loss through bone mass reduction, we might be able to reduce the risk of fractures in the future.”
The study was led by Karpim, and it was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The researchers used a model of bone mineral density to compare the bone loss from a combination of collagen supplementation and bone loss.
This model is very similar to the one that has been used to study bone loss in patients with bone disease.
“We had to use a very robust and specific model,” said HöFling.
“It’s not perfect, but we think it’s a very good model.”
The researchers also looked at bone mineral levels and bone density in the lower body, and they found that the combination of bone loss prevention and collagen supplementation was associated with a significant increase in bone mineralization.
In the future, the study will look at whether the combination may be used in combination with other bone loss preventatives, including weight loss, exercise and physical activity.
Höflings said that the results in this study are a bit surprising.
“I think it really surprised me that they showed that they can prevent bone mass but that there’s a link between bone loss reduction and bone mineral depletion,” she said.
“We have to look into the mechanisms and find out what the connection is.
But I think this is a good indication that the link between collagen and bone may be related to bone loss.”