“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Chiropractic Associates supposes that there’s
a little truth in that for all of us - and especially
our Preston spines - as we age. When we’re young, our
bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our young
bones and spines and bodies require good nutrition so
that our older bones and spine and bodies are in good shape
when we want to live our lives less painfully and more
fully. Chiropractic Associates reveals what Preston
chiropractic patients can do now to deal with bone mineral
density (BMD) issues, no matter their current age.
BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG
Elevating peak bone mass early in life may drop
osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent study stated
that Vitamin D and calcium in females positively affected bone mineral density
into young adulthood. Intakes of phosphorous and the calcium:phosphorous ratio
at adolescence for females negatively affected BMD in young
adulthood. Calcium intake in adolescent males strongly negatively affected
BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading
factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced
BMD. (1) Chiropractic Associates cannot stress enough just
how vital nutrition is for their future well-being.
BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL
Osteoporosis is a disease of older folks that stems
from youthful (in)attention. Low serum levels of vitamin D in osteoporotic
women tend to have an increased chance
of having any kind of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during
the teen years of life is important to decrease the
risk of osteoporosis later in life. Teen girls absorb calcium better: 326mg in teenage girls versus just 73mg in older women of 1332 mg taken a day.
Even more problematic is that teen girls’ daily intake
of calcium is far lower than what it should be. Boosting
bone mass by only 5% cuts the risk of fracture
by 40%. (3) Achieving healthy bones hinges on more than just calcium and vitamin D however.
Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol disrupt
bone’s health. (4) Chiropractic Associates shares
these statistics to inspire us all to boost
intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it
later to keep it healthy.
IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS
Chiropractic Associates understands that kids and their
families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay
off. TIP: Dietary fiber may increase the body’s
absorption of calcium but does it in different ways for older
men and women. Greater intake of dietary fiber and fruit fiber was
protective against bone loss in men but not women. Fiber from vegetables was
protective against spine bone loss in women but not men. Cereal fiber or nut
and legume fiber improvements did not associate
with bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may decrease
bone loss in men. (5) Who would have imagined that fiber would
have anything to do with bone mineral density? Chiropractic Associates supposes
that many of our Preston chiropractic patients would not
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Fortunately, there are some keenly
observant researchers and doctors out there!
They discovered that fiber intake was a protective factor of
lumbar spine BMD in men aged 18 and 45 years of
age but not in females. In men over 65 years, nutrient
intake showed no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45,
fiber did not produce a significant effect
on BMDs, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) A curious side note: It had been thought that bone
mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in
young persons, but a recent study debunked that
idea. (7) However, there is
evidence in the medical literature that stresses the overall
benefit of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the well-being
of the body, its bones and its spine.
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