Jacksonville, FL Caregivers Present Healthy Food Options To Prevent Osteoporosis
Many people see or hear the word osteoporosis in ads talking about treatment but, that doesn’t mean they know what it means or how to prevent the disease. How much do you know and can you help your senior loved one’s with prevention?
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a common ailment that is caused when bones lose minerals, like calcium, faster than they can be replaced, causing them to become brittle and prone to breaks. Any bone in the body may be affected and there aren’t usually any symptoms until a break occurs.
For this reason, osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’.
Repeated fractures over time can cause a host of medical complications such as, loss of mobility or independence, chronic pain, or, in extreme circumstances, even premature death.
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How Calcium Can Help
So, now you know a bit more about osteoporosis, how can you help your loved one prevent it? Well, encouraging them to add calcium rich foods or a supplement to their diet is a great first step!
Calcium, like exercise, can strengthen bones at any age.
While dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are definitely rich in calcium, they are just the tip of the tasty iceberg! Other calcium rich products include:
- Calcium Fortified Foods: breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and some orange juices
- Almond Milk: it has 2x more calcium than cow’s milk!
- Veggies: spinach, okra, collards, white beans, and kale
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
Why We Need Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential to bone health because of the role it plays in calcium absorption. When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, it cannot produce enough of the hormone called calcitriol (known as Active Vitamin D) and must take it from existing stores in bones. This prevents the growth of new, strong bone.
There are three ways you can get vitamin D: through skin from sun exposure, from supplements, and through diet.
Recommended vitamin D rich foods include:
- Fortified foods like cereals, some dairy products, or soy milk
- Orange juice
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Beef Liver
Is More To Know?
A healthy diet is only one part of osteoporosis prevention and it may not mitigate outside factors. Things like medications, menopause, and lifestyle choices can all affect bone health. Osteoporosis treatment or medication may be required as advised by a doctor.
Comfort Keepers® In Home Care Is Here For You!
At Comfort Keepers®, we understand that you have a busy schedule and can’t possibly keep up with everything in your senior’s life, your family’s lives, and your own down to the last detail. That is where our compassionate caregivers can help!
Our caregivers can do more than just make sure your senior is eating a nutritious diet, they can provide help around the home with household chores, assist with travel to and from doctor appointments, or simply lend a friendly ear for stories.
Our goal is to empower seniors to live as happily, healthily, and independently as possible at home rather than in “the home”. Let us help make your senior’s golden years shine even brighter.
If you’d like to learn more about how our exceptional caregivers can help your loved one improve their bone health through a balanced diet and exercise or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (904) 337-6039