Baton Rouge Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that saying? Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation supposes that there is a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly our Baton Rouge 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 proper nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are fit when we desire living our lives less painfully and more fully. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation shares what Baton Rouge chiropractic patients can do now to address bone mineral density (BMD) issues, no matter their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Elevating 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 affected BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other influential factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced BMD. (1) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation can’t stress enough just how vital nutrition is for their future well-being. 

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 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 far below what it should be. Boosting bone mass by just 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Getting healthy bones is subject to 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation presents these stats to encourage us all to boost intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 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 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? Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation thinks that many of our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, some very alert doctors and researchers did notice that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of age but not in females. In men over 65 years, nutrient intake showed no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45, fiber did not show a significant effect on BMDs, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) A curious side note: It had been thought that bone mineral density may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in young persons, but a recent study discredited that thought. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that emphasizes the overall value of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the health of the body, its bones and its spine.

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Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density enhancement. 
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