Junk Food and Osteoporosis

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Osteoporosis

Studies done by Ron Zernicke (dean of University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology) and Cy Frank (executive director of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institution) have confirmed that sugar and fat intake plays a role in the development osteoporosis through the weakening of bones.

Diets high in sugar and saturated fats prevent calcium absorption, and saturated fats can form insoluble “soaps” that coat the intestines. Both of these effects on the body don’t allow the necessary quantity of calcium to keep bones strong.

Zernicke and Frank have noted that osteoporosis due to poor diet will begin to affect baby boomers in large numbers if this lack-of-nutrition trend continues. Frank notes that one in three women will break a hip by age 85 from osteoporosis. More frightening still, he adds, is that about 20 percent of these women will die within a year of the injury.

To take charge of your bone health you should limit junk food and try to incorporate the following:

• Develop an alkaline diet

• Supplement your body with key nutrients for building strong bones

• Exercise ½ to 1 hour each day

• Commit to seek more happiness and less stress



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