Did you know Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one tenth of women aged 60, one fifth of women aged 70, two- fifths of women aged 80 and two thirds of women aged 90!!!
Absolutely horrendously high stats!
In women over 45 years old age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes and breast cancer.
So how does your diet impact your risks of osteoporosis?
Firstly, lets talk about sunshine and vitamin D! We know, as a country our vitamin D count is very low – we are always lucky to feel the sunshine on our backs.
However, without vitamin D, you CANNOT absorb calcium (more specifically Vitamin D3).
It is now, luckily, becoming more routine for GP’s to check vitamin D levels and patients being advised to go to their local health food shop to top up on Vitamin D levels.
If you have a deficiency in vitamin D the consequences are numerous including skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, infections and cognitive disorders.
Our bodies also need to be in a perfect pH of one another. Over time, eating an imbalanced diet of excess animal protein, refined grains, sugar and alcohol and salt that is low in fruits and vegetables, forces your body to slip into state of milk acidosis. Chronic stress, excessive or insufficient exercise and environmental toxins can also add to this acid burden.
Long term? This causes more and more of our mineral reserves to be pulled from our bones to restore pH levels.
– COCA COLA CONTAINS PHOSPHORIC ACID WHICH LEECES CALCIUM OUT OF THE BONES. Do NOT drink it!
– Smoking has been long acknowledged to be a risk factor for poor bone health as it affects the metabolism of hormones, vitamin D levels, calcium absorption, blood circulation and increases oxidative stress (Stress within the body) disrupting healthy bone formation, leading to osteoporosis.
– Prolonged use of Corticosteroids is the most common cause of secondary osteoporosis. It is estimated that 30-50% of patients on long term corticosteroid therapy will experience fractures.
– Cooking your food in aluminium!! Aluminium competes with Calcium to weaken bones! Do NOT use it to cook with!
These are just SOME of the facts around osteoporosis and how your lifestyle and nutrition can be affecting your ageing process. Remember, do not start to change, once a diagnosis is in place with regards to ANY health issue.
You must start beforehand to PREVENT. Life is always about PREVENTION, rather than addressing the cause once it’s happening.
Remember please do contact me anytime if you wish to talk more on any health concerns worrying you.