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

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that saying? 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. 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) Hutter Chiropractic Office cannot stress enough just how important nutrition is for their future health. 

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 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) 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

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? Hutter Chiropractic Office thinks that many of our Groton chiropractic patients would not have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Fortunately, some most alert doctors and researchers did notice that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of age 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 significantly increased BMD. (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, there is evidence in the medical literature that emphasizes 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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Hutter Chiropractic Office shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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