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

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center supposes that there is a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly our Pensacola spines - as we age. When we are young, our bodies need8 our attention more than we realize. Our young bones and spines and bodies require proper nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are in good shape when we want to live our lives less painfully and more fully. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center reveals what Pensacola chiropractic patients can do now to deal with bone mineral density (BMD) issues, regardless of their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Elevating peak bone mass early in life may drop osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent study wrote 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 affected BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively affected BMD. (1) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center can’t stress 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 increased chance of having any type of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during the teen years of life is vital 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 problematic is that teen girls’ daily intake of calcium is way below what it should be. Increasing bone mass by only 5% drops the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Getting 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 the health of bone. (4) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center presents these statistics 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

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay off. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost 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 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? Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center thinks that many of our Pensacola chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Fortunately, there are some very observant researchers and doctors out there! They discovered 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: It had been thought that bone mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in young persons, but a new study discredited that thought. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that stresses the overall 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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Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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