Preventing Osteoporosis Through Nutritious Meals in Cumberland, MD
Many people become familiar with the term osteoporosis through advertisements on TV talking about ways to treat it but, those ads simply can’t have all the information you need. How much can you say you really know about osteoporosis?
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Quick Facts About Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common disease that is caused when bones lose minerals faster than they can be replaced. This loss of bone density can affect any bone in the body and usually doesn’t have any symptoms until a break occurs.
Osteoporosis is often called the 'silent disease' for this reason.
Over time, repeated fractures can cause chronic pain, loss of mobility or independence, or even premature death so managing bone health is incredibly important.
Start With Calcium
Just because osteoporosis doesn’t present symptoms, that doesn’t mean there is no way to prevent it from happening in the first place. Making sure your loved one is getting enough calcium is a great way to start because it can strengthen bones at any age.
When talking about where to get calcium, most people start with dairy products like cheese, yogurt, milk but, those are just the start! Other calcium rich products include:
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
- Veggies: spinach, okra, collards, white beans, and kale
- Almond Milk: it has 2x more calcium than cow’s milk!
- Calcium Fortified Foods: breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and some orange juices
Vitamin D Is The Key!
Vitamin D is essential for bone health due to the way calcium is absorbed into the body.
When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D is can’t produce enough of the hormone calcitriol (also known as Active Vitamin D) leading to insufficient calcium absorption. When this happens the body will take calcium from stores within the bones, making them brittle and preventing the formation 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:
- Egg yolks
- Orange Juice
- Fortified foods like cereals, some dairy products, or soy milk
- Beef Liver
Is That Everything You Need To Know?
While having a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is important, it is only part of an osteoporosis prevention or treatment plan, especially if your loved one has already suffered a fracture. They also may not be enough to stop bone loss caused by other factors such as lifestyle, medications, or menopause. A doctor can determine if there is a need for osteoporosis medication.
In Home Care That Makes A Difference
At Comfort Keepers®, we know that you have a busy schedule and may not always have time to keep up with everything your loved one eats, drinks, or exercises. This is where our kind hearted caregivers can help!
When you choose to work with one of our caregivers, we will make sure that your loved one is eating a diet to help promote their bone health. More than that, all of our caregivers are trained to provide support for mental, physical, and social health through our philosophy called Interactive Caregiving™.
Through Interactive Caregiving™, your loved one will have an active hand in their care. By working with their caregiver, your senior will be able to plan meals, activities, and more that they look forward to and will make their golden years shine even brighter.
If you’d like to learn more about how our exceptionally trained caregivers can help your loved one live a healthier lifestyle, while maintaining their independence in the home they love, please contact us online any time or call us at (240) 242-5966. Our operators are available 24/7 to help you schedule your free in home consultation.