“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Moses Chiropractic supposes that there is
a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly
our West Palm Beach spines - as we age. When we are young, our
bodies need8 our attention more than we realize. Our youthful
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. Moses Chiropractic reveals what West Palm Beach
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 influenced 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) Moses Chiropractic can’t stress enough just
how important nutrition is for their future well-being.
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 kind 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 problematic is that teen girls’ daily intake
of calcium is way lower than what it should be. Increasing
bone mass by only 5% drops the risk of fracture
by 40%. (3) Attaining healthy bones depends 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) Moses Chiropractic shares
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
Moses Chiropractic 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 differently for older
men and women. Greater 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 relate to bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may reduce
bone loss in men. (5) Who would have imagined that fiber would
have anything to do with bone mineral density? Moses Chiropractic bets
that many of our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients wouldn’t
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Luckily, there are some very
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 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 effect
on BMDs, but daily fat intake significantly enhanced
BMD. (6) An interesting side note: A new study
refutes the thought that BMD may be a risk factor
for lumbar disc herniation in youth, but a recent study debunked that
thought. (7) However, medical literature points out that the general
value of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the health
of the body, its bones and its spine.
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