Find Out What Foods Fight Off Osteoporosis With Our Caregivers in Royal Oak, MI
If you are like many other Americans, you’ve likely heard of osteoporosis through ads discussing treatment options but, you may not be aware of how to prevent it from occurring in the first place. For instance, can you confidently help your senior loved one make dietary choices to help prevent osteoporosis?
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Here’s What You Need To Know
Osteoporosis is a common ailments that affects the bones. It is caused when bones lose minerals, like calcium, faster than they can be replace, causing them to become fragile and prone to fractures. Any bone is the body can be affect by osteoporosis and there usually aren’t even any symptoms until a fracture occurs.
Osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’ for this reason.
Other health complications can also arise if osteoporosis is left untreated. Repeated fractures can cause chronic pain, loss of mobility and independence, or even, in extreme cases, premature death.
Calcium: The Foundation To Strong Bones
Now that you know a little more about osteoporosis, how can you help your loved one? Well one excellent place to start is by encouraging them to eat more calcium rich foods or to take a supplement.
Like exercise, this can help strengthen bones at any age!
While most of the focus is usually on dairy products like milk or cheese, they aren’t the only foods with calcium! 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: The Secret Star
Vitamin D is crucial to bone health because of the way calcium is absorbed into the body. When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D it is unable to produce enough of the hormone called calcitriol, or Active Vitamin D, leading to insufficient calcium absorption. The body will then pull the nutrients it needs to supplement from existing stores within the body, your bones.
You can get vitamin D in one of the three following ways: 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
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Orange juice
- Egg yolks
Is That All You Need To Know?
It’s true that diet can play a big part in osteoporosis prevention and treatment but, it may not mitigate loss of bone thickness cause by things like medications, lifestyle choices, or menopause.
A doctor can determine whether your loved one should take an osteoporosis medication as part of their treatment.
Why Comfort Keepers® In Home Care Is A Step Above The Rest
Sometimes there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to keep track of everything your senior eats, how they exercise, or if they have a tidy home on top of managing your own life and that’s okay. Our caregivers are here to help!
When you choose to work with one of our caregivers you are not simply giving your loved one access to exceptional in home care, you are giving them the opportunity for a wonderful new friendship. Every caregiver we employ is passionate about their work and has been trained in our unique approach to care called Interactive Caregiving™.
Interactive Caregiving™ is the idea that seniors are happiest and healthiest when they are engaged mentally, physically, and socially. We want seniors to take an active role in their care by working with their caregiver to create meal plans, social calls, and other activities they can look forward to. Our goal is to empower seniors to do more than simply view, while living safely and independently in their own homes.
If you’d like to learn more about how our caregivers can help your loved one improve their health through our practice of Interactive Caregiving™, please contact us online or call us at (248) 236-5627. Our agents are available 24/7 to schedule your free in home consultation and answer any questions you may have.