Although it’s not uncommon to associate osteoporosis with the senior years, the reality is that everyone starts losing bone density in their mid-30s. It is around this point that bones start losing calcium faster than it can be replaced. Clearly, a loss of bone density is something with which everyone should be concerned.
Most people are familiar with the concept of supplementing with calcium and vitamin D to keep bones strong. What fewer people realize is that some common foods and drinks actually have the opposite effect and can cause people to lose even more bone density.
One such finding was reported in a study at Harvard Medical School. Researchers discovered that participants who consumed red meats five days each week during a 10 year study had far higher occurrences of bone fractures when compared to other participants who ate red meat only once a week. The results showed that eating too much red meat forced the body to produce an excess of sulfates, which leach calcium directly from bones.
The same study also concluded that women who routinely supplemented 3,000 micrograms or more of vitamin A were twice as likely to have a fractured hip when compared with women who ingested only 1,500 micrograms or less. The study showed that while an appropriate amount of vitamin A can assist bone health, an excess of it inhibits the absorption of vitamin D.
Another study conducted in Sweden reached similar conclusions when studying the effects of caffeinated beverages on bone density. Scientists concluded that regularly ingesting the amount of caffeine found in four cups of coffee can have a troubling effect on bone density. A similar finding was reached with drinkers of regular cola and diet cola drinks.
Research suggests that cutting back on animal proteins and substituting these foods for fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to protect against bone loss. A calcium supplement may also make sense, particularly for women, who are much more susceptible to osteoporosis. Contact Gerber Chiropractic for more advice on nutrition and eating a balanced diet for improved bone density.
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Dr. Kate Gerber & Dr. John Gerber