Minster Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Minster Chiropractic Center supposes that there is a little truth in that for all of us - and particularly our Minster 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 good nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are fit when we desire living our lives less painfully and more fully. Minster Chiropractic Center shares what Minster chiropractic patients can do now to deal with 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 decrease osteoporosis risk later in life. A new study 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 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) Minster Chiropractic Center cannot emphasize enough just how important nutrition is for their future well-being. 

BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Osteoporosis is a disease of older people that stems 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 important 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 consumption of calcium is way below what it should be. Increasing bone mass by only 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Getting healthy bones depends on 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) Minster Chiropractic Center shares 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

Minster Chiropractic Center understands that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay off. TIP: Dietary fiber may raise 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 imagined that fiber would have anything to do with bone mineral density? Minster Chiropractic Center bets that many of our Minster chiropractic patients would not have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, there are some keenly perceptive researchers and doctors around! They found that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men aged 18 and 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 produce a significant change to BMD, but daily fat intake significantly increased BMD. (6) A curious side note: A new study refutes the thought that BMD may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in youth, 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 well-being of the body, its bones and its spine.

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Minster Chiropractic Center shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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