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

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Vancouver Spine Care Centre supposes that there’s a little truth in that for all of us - and especially our Vancouver spines - as we age. When we’re young, our bodies need8 our attention more than we gave. Our young bones and spines and bodies need good nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are healthy when we desire living our lives less painfully and more fully. Vancouver Spine Care Centre reveals what Vancouver chiropractic patients can do now to address 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 drop osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent 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 leading factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced BMD. (1) Vancouver Spine Care Centre can’t emphasize enough just how vital 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 tend to have an heightened chance of having any kind of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during the teen years of life is important 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 concerning is that teen girls’ daily intake of calcium is way lower than what it should be. Boosting bone mass by only 5% drops the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Achieving healthy bones hinges on more than just calcium and vitamin D however. Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol disrupt the health of bone. (4) Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares these findings 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

Vancouver Spine Care Centre knows that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost the body’s absorption of calcium but does it differently 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 relate to 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? Vancouver Spine Care Centre supposes that many of our Vancouver chiropractic patients would not have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, there are some intensely observant 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 increased BMD. (6) An interesting side note: A new study discredits the thought that BMD may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in youth, but a new study discredited 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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Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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