Clinton Township, MI Caregivers Talk Facts About Your Nutrition & Your Bone Health
Most people will hear about osteoporosis through ads on TV talking about ways it can be treated but, that doesn’t really give you much information about the disease itself. How much do you really know about osteoporosis?
What Exactly Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects bone health, causing them to become weakened and more susceptible to fractures or serious breaks. It occurs when bones lose minerals, like calcium, faster than the body can replace them and usually has no symptoms.
For this reason, osteoporosis is called the ‘silent disease’.
It is important to manage bone health as fractures can lead to a number of issues like, chronic pain, loss of independence, loss of mobility, and even premature death in some cases.
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Why Is Calcium Important?
While it is true that osteoporosis doesn’t usually present symptoms, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can help prevent it. An terrific place to start is by helping your loved one ensure that they are consuming enough calcium.
This can help strengthen bones at any age!
You probably know all about how dairy products, like milk, cheese, or yogurt, have high amounts of calcium but, they’re just the start! Other calcium rich products include:
- Veggies: spinach, okra, collards, white beans, and kale
- Calcium Fortified Foods: breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and some orange juices
- Almond Milk: it has 2x more calcium than cow’s milk!
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
What About Vitamin D?
What makes vitamin D so essential to bone health? It all has to do with the way calcium is absorbed into the body.
Without enough vitamin D the body cannot produce a hormone called calcitriol, which leads to insufficient calcium absorption from diet. When this occurs the body will take calcium from stores within bones, causing them to become 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:
- Fortified foods like cereals, some dairy products, or soy milk
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
Is That Everything?
Ensuring that your loved one in eating a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium is just one way you can help them prevent or treat osteoporosis. However, it it important to note that this may not be enough to stop bone loss caused by other factors like lifestyle, medications, or menopause.
Your senior’s doctor can determine if there is a need for osteoporosis medication in addition to a healthy diet and exercise.
How Comfort Keepers® In Home Care Can Help!
It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in your own life, let alone everything in your loved one’s life, and that’s where Comfort Keepers® can help!
Our caregivers will help to ensure that your loved one is eating a nutritious diet rich in both calcium and vitamin D as part of our unique approach to in home care called Interactive Caregiving™.
What does this mean? Well, it is our philosophy that seniors are healthiest when they are nourished mentally, physically, and socially. Our caregivers will work with your loved one to plan meals, social calls, and more that they can look forward to and provide a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and activities of daily living.
If you’d like to learn more about how our caregivers can help your loved one adopt a healthier lifestyle through Interactive Caregiving™, 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 (586) 200-6712.