Maintaining Healthy Bones Through Meals With Your Caregivers in Burton, MI
There’s a lot of talk on TV about osteoporosis and how it affects your body but, what do you really know about the disease? Can you ensure your loved one is taking the steps to help prevent it and the health complications that can come along with it?
What You Need To Know About Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common ailment that causes bones to become weak and more susceptible to breaks than in normal bone. It occurs when bones minerals, such as calcium, faster than the body can produce them, causing loss of bone density, and often has no symptoms till a break occurs.
Osteoporosis is called the 'silent disease' for this reason.
Fractures can lead to problems with mobility, loss of independence, chronic pain, and even premature death, making managing bone health essential.
Get That Calcium
While it is frustrating that osteoporosis presents no symptoms, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can help your loved one prevent it from occurring. One excellent way you can start is by helping them ensure they’re eating a diet rich in calcium.
You’re probably aware that dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt have plenty of calcium but, those are just the beginning! Other calcium rich products include:
- Almond Milk: it has 2x more calcium than cow’s milk!
- Calcium Fortified Foods: breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and some orange juices
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
- Veggies: spinach, okra, collards, white beans, and kale
Why Is Vitamin D Important?
Vitamin D is essential to bone health but, why is that? Well, it has to do with the way our body absorbs calcium.
Without enough vitamin D the body cannot produce the hormone calcitriol, also known as Active Vitamin D, causing insufficient calcium absorption from diet. The body will then have to take calcium from stores within the skeleton, weakening bone and preventing the formation of new, strong bone.
You can get vitamin D in three ways: through skin from sun exposure, from supplements, and through diet.
Recommended vitamin D rich foods include:
- Beef liver
- Orange Juice
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Egg yolks
Sounds pretty easy so far, right?
Is That Everything?
A balanced diet rich in both calcium and vitamin D is only one part of prevention or treatment, especially for those who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. It’s important to note that these options may not be enough to stop bone loss caused by other factors like lifestyle, medications, or menopause.
Your doctor can advise whether or not treatments like osteoporosis medication are also necessary.
How In Home Care Can Help
You have a busy schedule and that can make it hard to keep up with everything going on in your loved one’s life. At Comfort Keepers®, we understand and that’s why we’re here to help.
When you choose to work with one of our exceptional caregivers, we will carefully select the perfect match for your loved one who will support them through our unique approach to care called Interactive Caregiving™.
What this means is, your loved one will be supported by their caregivers mentally, physically, and socially with a system of care that addresses their safety, nutrition, mind, and body, as well as the activities of daily living.
If you’d like to learn more about our caregivers and how they can help your loved one live an independent, healthy lifestyle, our full list of care services, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (810) 207-3770.