“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that
saying? Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic supposes that there’s
a little truth in that for all of us - and especially
our Montreal spines - as we age. When we’re young, our
bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our young
bones and spines and bodies need proper nutrition so
that our older bones and spine and bodies are healthy
when we desire living our lives less painfully and more
fully. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic shares what Montreal
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
Optimizing peak bone mass early in life may decrease
osteoporosis risk later in life. A new study 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 influential
factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced
BMD. (1) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic can’t 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 have a tendency to have an heightened chance
of having any type 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 more
effectively: 326mg in teenage girls versus just 73mg in older women of 1332 mg taken daily.
Even more problematic is that teen girls’ daily consumption
of calcium is far below what it should be. Enhancing
bone mass by just 5% cuts the risk of fracture
by 40%. (3) Achieving healthy bones depends on 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) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic presents
these stats 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
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic understands 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 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? Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic thinks
that many of our Montreal chiropractic patients wouldn’t
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Fortunately, there are some very
perceptive researchers and doctors around!
They discovered 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 indicated no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45,
fiber did not produce a significant effect
on BMDs, but daily fat intake significantly enhanced
BMD. (6) An interesting side note: It had been thought that bone
mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in
young persons, 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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