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Preston Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“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 DENSITY

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 have!

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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Chiropractic Associates shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density enhancement. 
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