Healthy Diet Plans – Bone health is important to each of us. But it’s probably not a topic that you are overly concerned about in your younger years.
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease resulting in the bones being fragile and less dense than normal. As the bones grow weaker, the chance of bone fractures increases.
The reduction in the quality of the bones occurs gradually over time. Most of the time we are not aware of the problem before it is too late.
This is important. Approximately one out of three women over 50 will suffer from a bone fracture due to osteoporosis. This is a higher risk than breast cancer.
About one in five men over 50 will have a bone fracture due to osteoporosis. This is higher than the chance of prostate cancer.
Genetics is a key factor in the size and quality of the bones. But excess smoking and alcohol, nutrition, and exercise play a key role.
A well-rounded diet of protein, good fats and carbohydrates, along with minerals and vitamins are essential. We all are aware that the mineral calcium is important building good bones. But there are many other foods that are beneficial.
The quality of our bones should reach a peak in our 20’s. Proper nutrition, good exercise, and bone health are critical up until that age. Bone health is a topic that should be very important to our young people. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening in many young people.
I read a recent article on this topic. It is called, “Best foods for stronger bones” by Monami K. Thakur. The author lists several foods that are helpful in promoting good bone health.
Here is a brief quote from the article:
Having a strong frame is vital not only to provide structure to the body but also to protect the internal organs and anchor the muscles.
Besides this, a healthy set of bones is vital for good posture, balance and strength. The two key ingredients to help you develop strong bones are calcium and phosphorus. Apart from this, smaller amounts of other nutrients like vitamins, proteins and minerals are also required in a balanced manner. Although the process of developing healthy bones begins at birth, it is essential to maintain a proper diet program at all ages. This becomes particularly important after about 30 years of age or following menopause in women when the bone density reduces drastically. Here are some “super foods” to help you boost your bone density at any age.
The complete are can be read here. I encourage you to read the article to learn the foods that the author recommends.
A healthy lifestyle will promote healthy bones. Not only will this help to prevent fractures in the first place, it will also allow a fracture to heal quickly if it does occur. It will also help prevent another fracture to occur in the future.
Please comment on this topic. Have you had loved ones who have experienced bone fractures? Did they follow healthy diet plans throughout their lives? Is bone health important to you? If you are like me, it is not something that I think about very often. Thanks for your comments.