Caregivers Discuss Nutritious Ways To Prevent Osteoporosis in King Of Prussia, PA
There are plenty of ads out there that talk about ways to treat osteoporosis once a fracture has occurred but, not many discuss ways it can be prevented, often through simple lifestyle changes. How much do you really know about osteoporosis and its prevention?
What Is Osteoporosis Anyway?
Osteoporosis is a common ailment that affects bone health and is caused when bones lose minerals, like calcium, faster than they can be replaced, causing bones to lose mass and become fragile. This loss of bone thickness can happen to any bone in the body and may not have any symptoms until a fracture occurs.
Osteoporosis is often called the 'silent disease' for this reason.
There are a number of health issues associated with repeated occurrences of fractures including, loss of independence or mobility, chronic pain, or even premature death in extreme cases.
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Why You Need Calcium
Now that you know a bit more about osteoporosis, how can you help your senior loved one prevent it? Well, an excellent place to start is by encouraging them to eat more calcium rich foods or take a supplement.
This, like exercise, can help strengthen bones at any age!
While dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are often the stars of the calcium show, they are just the beginning! Other calcium rich products include:
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
- 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!
How Vitamin D Assists
Vitamin D is essential to bone health because of the way calcium is absorbed. When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D it is unable to produce enough of the hormone called calcitriol (or Active Vitamin D) that is responsible for calcium absorption. Calcium is then taken from existing stores within the bone, preventing the growth of new, strong bone.
You can get vitamin D one of three ways: through skin from sun exposure, from supplements, and through diet.
Recommended vitamin D rich foods include:
- Orange juice
- Egg yolks
- Fortified foods like cereals, some dairy products, or soy milk
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
What Else Should You Know?
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.
Comfort Keepers® In Home Care: A Step Above The Rest
At Comfort Keepers®, we know that it can be hard sometimes to balance everything in your senior’s life, your family’s lives, and your life.That’s where our incredible caregiverscan help!
Our caregivers can not only help ensure your senior is eating a healthy diet full of delicious meals they love, but provide a helping hand around the home, assist in transportation, and plan fun activities. This is all part of our philosophy called Interactive Caregiving™.
With Interactive Caregiving™, your loved one will be supported physically, mentally, and socially and provided with a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and the activities of daily living. Our goal is to uplift your loved one’s spirit and give them the tools they need to live happily, healthily, and independently in their own homes.
If you’d like to learn more about how our compassionate caregivers can help your loved one improve their bone health through diet and exercise, while allowing them to maintain their independence and dignity please contact us online or call us at (484) 306-3083. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer your questions and schedule your free in home consultation.