“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Watertown Wellness Center supposes that there’s
a little truth in that for all of us - and especially
our Watertown spines - as we age. When we are young, our
bodies need8 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 healthy
when we desire living our lives less painfully and more
fully. Watertown Wellness Center reveals what Watertown
chiropractic patients can do now to tackle 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 decrease
osteoporosis risk later in life. A new report 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 affected
BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other influential
factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively affected
BMD. (1) Watertown Wellness Center cannot emphasize 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 people 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 reduce the
risk of osteoporosis later in life. Teen girls absorb calcium more
effectively: 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 way below what it should be. Enhancing
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) Watertown Wellness Center shares
these findings to encourage us all to increase
intake of nutrients to build bone mass early and support it
later to keep it healthy.
IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS
Watertown Wellness Center knows that kids and their
families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay
off. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost 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 thought that fiber would
have anything to do with bone mineral density? Watertown Wellness Center thinks
that many of our Watertown chiropractic patients would not
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Fortunately, there are some keenly
observant 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 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 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
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 well-being
of the body, its bones and its spine.
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