Caregivers Share Foods To Prevent Or Manage Osteoporosis in Springfield, PA
If you are like many other Americans, you’ve likely seen ads talking about ways to treat osteoporosis but, they don’t give you the entire picture. Did you know that there are a number of simple changes you can encourage your senior loved ones to make that will help prevent osteoporosis?
Fast Facts About Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common disease in which the bones lose minerals, such as calcium, faster than they can be replaced, causing them to become fragile. This can happen to any bone in the body and there usually aren’t any symptoms before a fracture or serious break occurs.
This is why osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’.
Other health complications like loss of mobility and independence, chronic pain, or even premature death can occur if osteoporosis is left untreated and repeated fractures occur.
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Add More Calcium
So, now you know a bit more about osteoporosis but, how can you help protect your loved one? One great place to start is by encouraging them to eat more calcium rich foods or to take a daily supplement.
Calcium, like exercise, can help strengthen bones at any age!
While we normally hear about dairy products, like milk or cheese, when talking about calcium, there are so many more you can choose from! Other calcium rich products include:
- Calcium Fortified Foods: breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and some orange juices
- 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!
Make Sure To Get Enough Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is an essential part of bone health due to the way our bodies absorbs calcium. When the body doesn't get enough vitamin D it is unable to produce enough of the hormone calcitriol, or Active Vitamin D, leading to insufficient calcium absorption. This means that the nutrients have to come from existing stores in your bones causing the prevention of new, strong growth.
Recommended vitamin D rich foods include:
- Egg yolks
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Beef liver
- Orange juice
There are three ways you can get vitamin D: through skin from sun exposure, from supplements, and through diet.
Is There More I Can Do?
While diet does play a large part in osteoporosis treatment and prevention, it may not reduce loss of bone thickness caused by other factors. Things like lifestyle choices, menopause, and medications can all potentially affect bone health and should be considered when talking to a doctor.
Your loved one’s doctor can determine whether they should take an osteoporosis medication as part of their treatment.
The Comfort Keepers® Personal Touch
You lead a busy life and sometimes that means you can’t keep track of everything your senior eats, drinks, or does in a day and that’s okay. Comfort Keepers® is here to help!
Our caregivers can help to ensure that your loved one is getting all of the nutrients they need as part of our unique approach to in home care called Interactive Caregiving™. We believe that seniors are happiest and healthiest when they are supported mentally, physically, and socially.
We encourage seniors to take an active role in their care by working with their caregivers in order to create delicious and nutritious meal plans, plan exciting visits to friends or the senior center, and much more. Our goal is to provide as much support as they need to spend their golden years living independently in their own homes rather than “the home”.
If you’d like to learn more about Interactive Caregiving™and how our caregivers use it to help your loved one improve their health, while maintaining their independence and dignity at home, please contact us online or call us at (610) 563-2968. Our agents are available 24/7 to schedule your free care consultation and answer any questions you may have.