“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that
saying? Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office supposes that there is
a little truth in that for all of us - and particularly
our Groton spines - as we age. When we’re young, our
bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our youthful
bones and spines and bodies need proper nutrition so
that our older bones and spine and bodies are in good shape
when we desire living our lives less painfully and more
fully. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office reveals what Groton
chiropractic patients can do now to address bone mineral
density (BMD) issues, no matter their current age.
BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG
Optimizing peak bone mass early in life may decrease
osteoporosis risk later in life. A new report wrote
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 influential
factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced
BMD. (1) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office cannot stress enough just
how important nutrition is for their future health.
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 have a tendency to have an increased chance
of having any type of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during
the teen years of life is important to reduce 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% reduces the risk of fracture
by 40%. (3) Achieving healthy bones is subject
to more than just calcium and vitamin D however.
Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol compromise
the health of bone. (4) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office presents
these findings to encourage us all to increase
intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it
later to keep it healthy.
IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office understands that kids and their
families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay
off. TIP: Dietary fiber may raise the body’s
absorption of calcium but does it in different ways for older
men and women. Higher 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? Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office thinks
that many of our Groton 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 old but not in women. In men over 65 years, nutrient
intake showed no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45,
fiber did not show a significant change to BMD, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) A curious side note: It had been thought that bone
mineral density may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in
young persons, but a recent study debunked that
thought. (7) However, medical literature points out that the overall
benefit of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the health
of the body, its bones and its spine.
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