Nutritional needs for skeletal health change as you age, says new scientific review

News Brief by Jessica Newfield

         In honor of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, recent research published provides evidence that the most important factors in maintaining adequate bone health are sufficient calcium, vitamin D, and protein intake. Although osteoporosis is most common in seniors, it is important to take preventive measures at an early age, even prenatally, because doing so can help prevent premature bone loss and maintain a healthy skeleton to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Researchers also note that lifestyle factors such as alcohol use, smoking, and/or a very low or high BMI can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, low levels of calcium and vitamin D have been recorded across the world in recent decades. Seniors, who are disproportionately affected by osteoporosis, are also often subjected to malnutrition and deficits in protein, which negatively affects bone and muscle health. Sufficient nutritional intake, adequate exercise, and preventive measures taken at a young age are the most effective measures for preventing and treating osteoporosis.

 

International Osteoporosis Foundation. "Nutritional needs for skeletal health change as you age, says new scientific review: How bone-healthy diets throughout life help to protect against osteoporosis in old age." ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151006083909.htm