“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that
saying? Aaron Chiropractic Clinic supposes that there’s
a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly
our Fort Wayne spines - as we age. When we are young, our
bodies require our attention more than we realize. 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 desire living our lives less painfully and more
fully. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic reveals what Fort Wayne
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 drop
osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent 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 influenced
BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading
factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively affected
BMD. (1) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic cannot emphasize enough just
how vital nutrition is for their future well-being.
BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL
Osteoporosis is a disease of older people 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 vital 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 way below what it should be. Boosting
bone mass by just 5% cuts the risk of fracture
by 40%. (3) Getting 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
bone’s health. (4) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic shares
these findings to encourage us all to boost
intake of nutrients to build bone mass early and support it
later to keep it healthy.
IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic understands that kids and their
families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost 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 didn’t 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? Aaron Chiropractic Clinic thinks
that many of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients would not
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Luckily, there are some keenly
perceptive researchers and doctors out there!
They found that fiber intake was a protective factor of
lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of old 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) 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 recent study discredited that
idea. (7) However, medical literature points out that 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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