Caregivers Talk Healthy Diet Options That Work Best Against Osteoporosis in Oreland, PA
Like many Americans, you probably heard or saw the word osteoporosis in an advertisement for treatment after a fracture has already occurred but, there are simple steps you can take to help prevent it as well. Do you know any of the ways you can help protect yourself and your loved one?
Osteoporosis: What You Need To Know
Osteoporosis is a common ailment in which bones become fragile and prone to fractures or serious breaks. Any bone in the body can be affected and it is caused when minerals in the bone are lost faster than they can be replaced. Usually there aren’t even any symptoms until a fracture occurs.
For this reason, osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’.
If left untreated, repeated fractures can cause a number of health issues including, chronic pain, loss of independence and mobility, or, in extreme cases, even premature death.
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Add Some Calcium!
Now that you have a better idea what exactly osteoporosis is, how can you help protect your loved one? Well an excellent place to start is by encouraging them to eat more calcium rich foods or to take a supplement.
This can help strengthen bones at any age!
You’ve likely heard all about how dairy products like milk and cheese have high amounts of calcium but, they’re 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!
Vitamin D: The Secret Star
Vitamin D is essential to bone health because of the way calcium is absorbed into the body. When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D it cannot produce enough of the hormone called calcitriol (or Active Vitamin D) and must take calcium from existing stores within the bone. This prevents the growth of new, strong bone.
Recommended vitamin D rich foods include:
- Orange juice
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
You can get vitamin D one of three ways: through skin from sun exposure, from supplements, and through diet.
Is Diet Everything?
While it is true that diet play an important role in bone health, it is crucial to remember that diet isn’t the only factor that contributes to osteoporosis. Things like lifestyle choices, medications, and menopause can all affect bone health as well. A doctor can help determine if your loved one should take medication as part of osteoporosis treatment.
Comfort Keepers®: Taking Your Worries Away With Exceptional Care
At Comfort Keepers®, we know that sometimes simply isn’t enough time in the day to take care of your senior, keep up with their diet and exercise, help them tidy up around their home, etc. That’s okay! Our caregivers are here to help!
Our caregivers can help support your loved one in whatever ways they need, whether it’s helping them plan nutritious meals that support their bone health, helping them to and from important destinations like the doctors or senior center, or simply helping tidy them up around the home.
Our goal is to empower seniors and provide them with the foundation to live happily, healthily, and independently in their home rather than “the home”. We want them to do the things they enjoy, with the people they love and turn moments into cherished memories.
If you’d like to learn more about our remarkable caregivers and how they can help your loved one improve their bone health through diet and lifestyle, while maintaining their independence in their home, please contact us online or call us at (267) 293-7434. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have and schedule your free in home consultation.