Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones resulting in an increased risk of fracture. Dr. Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D., explains “Today osteoporosis affects more than 10 million Americans while another 18 million suffer from low bone density, placing them at increased risk for the disease. Although most commonly thought of as a “woman’s disease,” one in every five diagnosed with osteoporosis is a man. “
Fractures of the hip, vertebra or wrist are the most common complication. In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, half of all women over the age of 50 and one in four men will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
In the elderly, however, a fracture can be more serious. Becoming bed ridden as a result of a broken hip, for example, can lead to severe complications and in many cases death.
Achieving and maintaining optimum bone health is not difficult when you follow a proper diet. Good nutrition can help insure better bone health and protect you from the risks of osteoporosis. By “good nutrition” we mean both what we consume, absorb and assimilate, as well as what to avoid or limit.
Calcium is essential to normal bone formation. The majority of calcium in our bodies (99%, in fact) is found in our bones and teeth. Since our bodies are not able to produce new calcium, it is vital to consume calcium-rich foods every day.
For most people the best source of calcium are non-dairy products with green leafy vegetables such as arugula, kale, collard greens, and spinach at the top of the list. These are also great sources of vitamin K, another key nutrient for bone health.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin required for the proper absorption of calcium and can be found in
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