B Vitamins & Bone Health

B is for Bone! And so are B vitamins!
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For so many years, the spotlight was on calcium and vitamin D for bone. Then, research saw that vitamin D then continued finding that a slew of vitamins and minerals play into the health of bone. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office isn’t surprised at all. The Groton chiropractic practice talks about nutrition, spine, exercise, and alternative wellness issues with our patients. So let’s focus here on B vitamins for bone health.

To start with, age plays a role in bone health. Time does march on! Bone mineral density (BMD) is an evaluation of bone density which signifies the strength of bones as identified by calcium content. Now, low BMD is predictable with increased age and decreased weight. (2) Low BMD also increases the risk of fractures. So Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office advocates for our Groton aging (and younger!) patients to pay attention to bone health. So many of the issues with bone trouble come later in life. Bone needs some help now - the point at which it's as young as it's going to be - to sustain it.

That’s where B vitamins come into plan. Researchers are reporting that there might even be a protective role of B vitamins – especially B2, B6, folate and B12. Some more specific findings show that, ironically, B vitamins in clinical trials are not being shown to be effective in reducing the occurrence of fracture. (1) For men, B12 vitamin presence is a significant indicator of BMD at the femoral neck. (2) Vitamin B12 deficiency shows growth retardation and a lack of osteoblasts (the bone-forming cells). It’s possible that B12 interferes with growth hormones. (3) Those with celiac disease - malabsorption of nutritients – may be at higher risk of osteoporosis. With that, vitamin B status may protect against osteoporosis in patients with celiac disease. (4)

So osteoporosis, a disease noted by decreased bone mass and increased fracture risk, is a well-known and recognized growing public health issue. Among the various risk factors for osteoporosis, calcium and vitamin D have well-established protective roles. Now, B vitamins are appropriately added to the list of nutrients protective of bone health and osteoporosis prevention.

So contact Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office, and discuss your bone health and your nutritional status and risk for bone health conditions that come with aging. Groton chiropractic care starts where our patients are (seeking pain relief oftentimes) then expands to wellness care involving nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is your healthcare partner!
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