Fort Wayne Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption12/12/2019“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC supposes that there is a little truth in that for all of us - and especially our Fort Wayne spines - as we age. When we are young, our bodies need8 our attention more than we realize. Our young bones and spines and bodies need good nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are fit when we want to live our lives less painfully and more fully. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC shares what Fort Wayne 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 drop 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 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 affected BMD. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC can’t 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 folks 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 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 a day. Even more problematic is that teen girls’ daily consumption of calcium is way lower than what it should be. Boosting bone mass by only 5% reduces the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Getting healthy bones depends on more than just calcium and vitamin D however. Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol compromise bone’s health. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC shares these stats to inspire us all to increase intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy. IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC understands that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. TIP: Dietary fiber may increase the body’s absorption of calcium but does it differently 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 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? Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC supposes that many of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients would not have! FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD Fortunately, some most alert 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 didn’t produce a significant change to BMD, but daily fat intake significantly increased BMD. (6) An interesting side note: It had been thought that bone mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in young persons, but a new study debunked that thought. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that stresses the overall benefit of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the well-being of the body, its bones and its spine. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she helps a patients with chronic low back pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC where your spine, body and its bones are well known in their current age whether they were treated well in their youth or not! « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."