“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic supposes that there is a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly our Augusta spines - as we age. When we are young, our bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our youthful bones and spines and bodies need good 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. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic reveals what Augusta chiropractic patients can do now to deal with bone mineral density (BMD) issues, regardless of their current age.
BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG
Elevating peak bone mass early in life may decrease 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 influenced BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced BMD. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic can’t emphasize enough just how vital nutrition is for their future health.
BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY
Osteoporosis is a disease of older people that results 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 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 daily. Even more concerning is that teen girls’ daily consumption of calcium is far lower than what it should be. Enhancing bone mass by only 5% drops the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Attaining healthy bones hinges on more than just calcium and vitamin D though. Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol compromise the health of bone. (4) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic presents these statistics to encourage us all to boost intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy.
IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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. 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 increases did not associate with bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may reduce bone loss in men. (5) Who would have thought that fiber would have anything to do with bone mineral density? Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic bets that many of our Augusta chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Luckily, there are some very perceptive researchers and doctors around! They found that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 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 show a significant change to BMD, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) An interesting side note: A new study refutes the idea that BMD may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in youth, but a new study discredited that thought. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that emphasizes the general 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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