Today I want to talk about bone health and osteoporosis. In the last 10 years the medical community has started realize the value of bone health in children and young adults as a preventative for osteoporosis as an adult.
The best defense for osteoporosis is to create and maintain dense, strong bones. Two of the most talked-about treatments are supplements and exercise.
Children are starting to take calcium or bone health supplemental as part of the preventative process.
Bones are made up of a matrix of vitamins and nutrients. The most common vitamin and mineral discussed in relationship to bone health are Vitamin D and calcium.
In addition to these nutrients there are others that are important to bone health. Boron, copper, fluoride, phosphorus, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and zinc are also important for bone health.
Why do I mention all of these nutrients? Because they need to all be included in the discussion of bone health.
There is no one food product that contains all of these nutrients. Instead, your diet needs to be a balanced and varied whole food diet to absorb all of these nutrients.
This would include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans, with lean meats and dairy products. The idea here is that if children and young adults create and maintain strong bones this will reduce osteoporosis in the future.
Studies have shown that weight-bearing exercise and resistance exercise help to build muscle mass and bone strength. So making sure that children exercise and stay fit is not only important for reducing obesity but it encourages strong bones as well.
Bones are dynamic and are continually being restructured. The normal process of creating bone is that it is being broken down and then being reformed.
Osteoporosis is defined as failure of the body to be able to form a new matrix when the old bone gets reabsorbed. This creates weak bones that are more likely to be easily fractured or broken.
Researchers estimate that 20 of women over the age of 50 has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.