Osteoporosis Diet Guidelines
Are You Eating The Wrong Foods?
A carefully planned osteoporosis diet can be an effective natural treatment of osteoporosis, the progressive bone disease that causes bones to become weaker.
This disease is most common in females due to hormonal changes that occur usually as a result of the menopause. Therefore it is said that it can affect half of women aged between 45 and 75 although men can suffer from osteoporosis as a result the side effects of certain medications.
What are the factors that influence osteoporosis?
- Calcium deficiency and failure to absorb calcium into the body
- Vitamin D Deficiency
- Exercise - or lack of it. Sedentary people are more likely to develop bone loss
- Family history of osteoporosis - especially daughters of women with osteoporosis have reduced bone mass
- Caffeine, alcohol and smoking all promote bone loss and increase bone weakness
How to Prevent Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is not a curable condition as yet, but there are various methods that can help slow it down. A carefully planned osteoporosis diet can help slow down the process of bone loss, but lets get one thing clear here…
Many people have the impression that osteoporosis is caused only by a deficiency in dietary calcium and that it therefore can be remedied by taking calcium supplements. This is not quite correct. It is the way calcium is absorbed and used by the body that seems to be the most important factor, not the amount of calcium being consumed.
Osteoporosis Diet Recommendations
Eating foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D will help prevent osteoporosis. Foods containing calcium for osteoporosis are:
- Most dark green vegetables
- Dandelion greens
- Sardines (with bones)
- Sesame seeds
How To Prevent Osteoporosis: Further recommendations
- Include garlic and onions in the diet, as well as eggs (if your cholesterol level is ok), as these foods contain sulphur, which is needed for healthy bones.
- Consume whole grains and calcium foods at different times because whole grains contain a substance that prevents the uptake of calcium.
- If you are or have been menopausal include lots of soy products in your diet. Soy is rich in substances that can sometimes substitute your body’s own oestrogen if it is manufacturing too little. Decreases in oestrogen levels are strongly associated with osteoporosis.
- Avoid calcium-depleting drinks such as soft drinks and alcohol.
- Avoid smoking, sugar and salt.
- Limit the amount of citrus fruits and tomatoes in the diet as they may inhibit calcium intake.
- Avoid yeast products as yeast competes with calcium for absorption into the body.
- If you are taking medications such as thyroid hormones or diuretics, consult your doctor or physician about the effects of calcium levels in the body and consider taking a calcium supplement.
- Take plenty of regular exercise! Walking is the best exercise of maintaining bone mass.
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