A disease characterised by low bone mass and of bone tissue, leading to enhanced bone fragility and an increase in fracture risk. Postmenopausal women have a 50% chance of sustaining an osteoporotic fracture during the remainder of their lifetime, primarily due to the reduction in oestrogen post-menopause.
It is important that bone mineral does not start to dissolve with age and instead Osteoblasts (that build the bone matrix) can continue remineralisation of the bone.
Prevention is key with osteoporosis, as once the bone mineralisation is depleted, you cannot build it back up. You continue to build bone mineral density until your mid-thirties. Good nutrition throughout life is necessary for maintaining bone mass and bone strength. Osteoporosis is largely preventable and much more than simply a lack of dietary calcium.
Nutritonal Support for osteoporosis:
Ensure protein, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D are optimal.
Boron is another mineral that is being widely studied in relation to osteoporosis. Research conducted by the US Department of Agriculture demonstrated that giving post-menopausal women boron supplements daily resulted in a 44 percent reduction in the amount of calcium excreted in their urine. The conclusions of this study were that boron improved the metabolism (the way it is used by the body) of both calcium and magnesium. Boron is found in alfalfa, kelp, cabbage and leafy greens.
Zinc helps vitamin D absorb calcium. Zinc is needed for the proper formation of osteoclasts and osteoblasts, the two cells which are essential for bone remodelling. Zinc has found to be deficient in older people with osteoporosis.
Physical activity stimulates osteoblasts, thus reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Oestrogen levels are raised with the usage of phytonutrients post menopause, thus these are useful foods to incorporate postmenopause to increase oestrogen levels.
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