Caregivers Share Calcium-Rich Foods That Can Help Prevent Osteoporosis in Pittsford, NY
You’ve probably heard of osteoporosis before through ads that discuss treatment but, there are ways you can help protect yourself and your senior loved ones before a fracture occurs. Are you aware of the ways you can help prevent osteoporosis?
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Let’s Look At The Facts About Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common disease in which bones become brittle and prone to fracture when minerals are lost faster than they can be replaced. This can happen to any bone in the body and there are usually no symptoms before a fracture occurs.
For this reason, osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’.
If left untreated, repeated fractures can cause a host of health issues including loss of mobility and independence, chronic pain, and in extreme cases, even premature death.
Get More Calcium!
Now that you know more about osteoporosis, how can you help protect your loved one? Well, a great place to begin is by encouraging them to add more calcium-rich foods into their diet or start taking a supplement.
This, like exercise, can help strengthen bones at any age!
Most of us know that dairy products like milk and cheese have high amounts of calcium but, those are 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
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
- Almond Milk: it has 2x more calcium than cow’s milk!
Why Do We Need Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is essential to bone health due to the way our bodies absorb calcium. Without enough vitamin D the body can’t produce the hormone calcitriol (or Active Vitamin D) which leads to insufficient calcium absorption. This means that the body will have to get those nutrients somewhere and that somewhere is your bones, preventing new, strong growth.
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
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Fortified foods like cereals, some dairy products, or soy milk
What Else Should You Know?
While it is true that diet plays a major role in helping prevent osteoporosis, it is important to remember that it may not mitigate other outside factors. Things like menopause, lifestyle choices, or medications can all potentially affect your bone health. A doctor can determine whether or not your loved one should take osteoporosis medication as part of treatment.
What Makes Comfort Keepers® In Home Care Exceptional?
At Comfort Keepers®, we understand that there may not always be enough time in a day to take care of everything on your plate and, that’s okay! This is where our caregivers can truly shine.
Our caregivers can help to ensure that your loved one is getting the nutrients they need and so much more through our unique approach to personal care called Interactive Caregiving™. What this means is you senior will be support however they need mentally, physically, and socially and 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 remarkable caregivers can help your loved one improve their health through Interactive Caregiving™, while maintaining their independence in their homes, please contact us online or call us at (585) 204-6067. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have and schedule your free in home consultation.