May was National Osteoporosis Month, sponsored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Dedicated to offering resources and events to help the public learn risk factors for osteoporosis, raising awareness also serves to help those at risk change their lifestyle, and build strong bones for life.
Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are steps that can prevent, slow or stop its progress. While getting enough calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone health, avoiding certain foods can also keep bones healthy and strong as the body ages. According to an article in WebMD, persons at risk of osteoporosis should work to limit or exclude the following foods:
Salt can pose a great obstacle to a sturdy skeleton. Research has found that postmenopausal women with a high-salt diet lose more bone minerals than other women of the same age.
Many soft drinks and certain other carbonated soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which can increase calcium excretion in your urine, and nearly all soft drinks lack calcium. This combination spells trouble for women at risk of osteoporosis.
Caffeine leaches calcium from bones, sapping their strength. Experts estimate that six milligrams of calcium is lost for every 100 milligrams of caffeine ingested, and suggest limiting caffeine intake to 300 milligrams a day while getting adequate calcium.
While soy products such as edamame, tofu, tempeh, and soy beverages are rich in bone-building protein, they contain plant compounds that may hamper calcium absorption.
Consuming enough calcium, vitamin D, and protein, as well as integrating weight-bearing exercise can help slow the development of osteoporosis. Work with your doctor to determine a course of action appropriate to your needs and lifestyle.
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