As May, National Osteoporosis Month, comes to an end, there still is some good information to be shared about osteoporosis, a condition in which the strength and size of the bones is reduced, leading to increased risk of fracture and complications.
Women are about four times more likely to develop osteoporosis, but both men and women are susceptible as both gradually lose bone mass with aging. Though most commonly present later in life, Lightsey Jett, registered dietitian nutritionist with Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center, says it is imperative to focus on osteoporosis prevention throughout our life span. Lightsey highlighted how osteoporosis can affect you at different stages of life.
Here are some recommendations:
During the teen years, when our bones are developing, it’s important to maximize bone development in order to reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Recommendations for this age include:
Peak bone density occurs around the age of 30, so then the priority becomes maintaining strong bones. Here’s some recommendations for this age:
Throughout life, calcium recommendations change. Lightsey gives these tips to keep in mind.
Throughout our life span we should try to consume a well-rounded diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, adequate in protein and sodium-restricted. Remember to continue to enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables, too!