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Burlington and Hamilton Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that saying? Spinal Care Clinic supposes that there’s a bit of truth in that for all of us - and especially our Burlington and Hamilton 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 healthy when we want to live our lives less painfully and more fully. Spinal Care Clinic reveals what Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients can do now to tackle bone mineral density (BMD) issues, no matter their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Optimizing peak bone mass early in life may reduce 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 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) Spinal Care Clinic can’t emphasize enough just how important nutrition is for their future health. 

BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY

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 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 way below what it should be. Boosting bone mass by only 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Achieving healthy bones hinges on more than just calcium and vitamin D though. Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol disrupt bone’s health. (4) Spinal Care Clinic shares these findings to encourage us all to increase intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

Spinal Care Clinic knows that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. TIP: Dietary fiber may raise the body’s absorption of calcium but does it in different ways 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 improvements didn’t 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? Spinal Care Clinic supposes that many of our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients would not have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, some most perceptive doctors and researchers did observe that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men aged 18 and 45 years of age but not in women. 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 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 discredited 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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Spinal Care Clinic shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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