“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Hollstrom & Associates Inc supposes that there is
a bit of truth in that for all of us - and especially
our Largo spines - as we age. When we’re young, our
bodies require 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 fit
when we desire living our lives less painfully and more
fully. Hollstrom & Associates Inc shares what Largo
chiropractic patients can do now to address bone mineral
density (BMD) issues, regardless of their current age.
BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG
Optimizing peak bone mass early in life may drop
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 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) Hollstrom & Associates Inc cannot stress enough just
how vital nutrition is for their future health.
BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL
Osteoporosis is a disease of older folks that results
from youthful (in)attention. Low serum levels of vitamin D in osteoporotic
women tend to have an heightened 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 far lower than what it should be. Increasing
bone mass by only 5% reduces the risk of fracture
by 40%. (3) Getting healthy bones is subject
to 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) Hollstrom & Associates Inc presents
these findings 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
Hollstrom & Associates Inc knows that kids and their
families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. 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 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 thought that fiber would
have anything to do with bone mineral density? Hollstrom & Associates Inc supposes
that many of our Largo chiropractic patients would not
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Fortunately, there are some very
alert researchers and doctors around!
They found 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 didn’t show 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 new study debunked that
idea. (7) However, there is
evidence in the medical literature that stresses the overall
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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