“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC supposes that there’s
a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly
our La Grande spines - as we age. When we are young, our
bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our youthful
bones and spines and bodies need proper nutrition so
that our older bones and spine and bodies are fit
when we want to live our lives less painfully and more
fully. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC shares what La Grande
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 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) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC cannot stress 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 folks that results
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 decrease 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 a day.
Even more concerning is that teen girls’ daily intake
of calcium is way below what it should be. Enhancing
bone mass by just 5% cuts 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) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC understands that kids and their
families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay
off. TIP: Dietary fiber may increase the body’s
absorption of calcium but does it differently 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 reduce
bone loss in men. (5) Who would have thought that fiber would
have anything to do with bone mineral density? Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC bets
that many of our La Grande chiropractic patients wouldn’t
FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD
Fortunately, there are some keenly
alert researchers and doctors around!
They found that fiber intake was a protective factor of
lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of age 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 show a significant effect
on BMDs, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) A curious 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 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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