Osteoporosis and Teens

Good morning, everyone! Dr. Glen Reed here with your Monday morning motivation. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I certainly did, spending time with my kids, enjoying the beautiful weather, and getting our hands dirty in the garden planting salad greens.

Being a chiropractor, naturally, our conversation steered towards bone health, calcium, and osteoporosis. And it struck me – this is a conversation we need to have with all of you. Because contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis isn’t just a senior’s issue. It’s a concern for teenagers and young adults alike.

Why is Osteoporosis Important?

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects 1 in 3 females and 1 in 5 males1. The issue starts early on in life. Up until the age of 25, we build up calcium stores in our body. If these stores are abundant, they can help us when they start depleting later in life. But if not, osteoporosis becomes a significant issue.

Calcium, Vitamin D, and Exercise

So how can we ensure good bone health? The answer lies in adequate calcium intake, sufficient vitamin D for absorption, and regular exercise to keep bones healthy and strong.

While there are many sources of calcium, some are better than others. Fortified cereals and dairy products are often recommended, but they come with their own set of concerns. Instead, opt for natural sources like deep, dark leafy greens, legumes, and almonds.

Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium. Unfortunately, we can’t get enough vitamin D from our natural environment alone. The general recommendation is 4000 international units (IU) for teenagers, adults, and the elderly.

Lastly, exercise plays a crucial role in maintaining bone health. Putting stress on our bones through exercise helps keep them strong.

So, let’s start this week with a renewed focus on our bone health. Remember, it’s never too early to start caring for your bones. Have a great week ahead!