Discover Osteoporosis Preventing Eating Options From Our Caregivers in Milwaukee, WI
For many Americans, the first place they hear about osteoporosis is through ads on TV but, those ads are often focused on treatment rather than prevention. Are you aware of the ways you can help your senior loved one avoid developing osteoporosis?
Give us a call at (414) 207-6894 to learn more!
What Is Osteoporosis And How Does It Work?
Osteoporosis is a common bone ailment that is caused when bones lose mineral, like calcium, faster than they can be replaced, causing them to become lose thickness and become prone to fractures. This can affect any bone in the body and often doesn’t have any symptoms until a fracture occurs.
For this reason, osteoporosis is called the ‘silent disease’.
If untreated, repeated fractures can cause a number of health problems like loss of mobility and independence, chronic pain, and, in extreme cases, even premature death.
Calcium: Star Of The Show
So, now that you know more about osteoporosis, how can you help your senior prevent it? Well, for starters, you can encourage them to incorporate more calcium rich foods or a supplement in to their diet.
Calcium, like exercise, can help strengthen bones at any age!
While dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are often the stars of the calcium show, they are just the beginning! Other calcium rich products include:
- Veggies: spinach, okra, collards, white beans, and kale
- Almond Milk: it has 2x more calcium than cow’s milk!
- Fish: sardines, salmon, trout, and perch
- Calcium Fortified Foods: breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and some orange juices
Vitamin D: The Key Support
Vitamin D is essential to bone health because of its role in calcium absorption. When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, it cannot produce enough of the hormone calcitriol (or Active Vitamin D) leading to insufficient calcium absorption. When this happens the body will take calcium from existing stores in the bone, making them more likely to fracture.
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:
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Beef liver
- Orange juice
- Egg yolks
Is There More To Know?
While it is important to ensure that your loved one is eating a diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D, you must also remember that it is only one part of a treatment or prevention plan. Outside factors like menopause, lifestyle choices, or medications can still affect bone health. A doctor can determine whether osteoporosis medication is also necessary.
Comfort Keepers® Is Here To Help!
At Comfort Keepers®, we know that sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day to manage you senior, your family, and yourself. That’s where our incredible caregivers can step in!
Our caregivers can not only help ensure your loved one is eating a healthy diet full of tasty meals that they enjoy, but so much more. Whether your senior needs a little help around their home with chores, transportation to doctor appointments or grocery shopping, or simply wants a friendly face to share stories with, their caregiver will support them.
Our goal is to empower seniors to live as happily, healthily, and independently in their own homes. We’d love to get started helping your loved one make their golden years shine even brighter.
If you’d like to learn more about our compassionate caregivers, our list of care services, or would like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (414) 207-6894.