Buffalo, NY Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? The Novelli Wellness Center supposes that there is a little truth in that for all of us - and especially our Buffalo, NY spines - as we age. When we’re young, our bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our young bones and spines and bodies need proper nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are healthy when we want to live our lives less painfully and more fully. The Novelli Wellness Center reveals what Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients can do now to tackle 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 decrease osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent 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 influenced 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 affected BMD. (1) The Novelli Wellness Center can’t stress enough just how important nutrition is for their future health. 

BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Osteoporosis is a disease of older folks that stems 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 concerning is that teen girls’ daily intake of calcium is far below what it should be. Increasing bone mass by just 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Attaining healthy bones depends on 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) The Novelli Wellness Center presents these findings to encourage us all to increase intake of nutrients to build bone mass early and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

The Novelli Wellness Center understands that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. 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 did not associate with 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? The Novelli Wellness Center thinks that many of our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Fortunately, there are some very perceptive researchers and doctors around! They found that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of old 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 enhanced BMD. (6) A curious side note: A new study refutes the thought that BMD may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in youth, but a recent study debunked that idea. (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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The Novelli Wellness Center shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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