Eating a healthy balanced diet is essential for building strong, dense bones. Our bones grow in length until we reach our late teens. However, our bones continue to increase in density through to our late 20’s. “Bone turnover” or bone regeneration happens throughout our lives where old cells are broken down by osteoclasts and new cells are rebuilt by osteoblasts. When we are younger, this renewal is very fast but as we grow older it slows down considerably with the skeleton taking between 7 and 10 years to renew. Bone density naturally begins to deplete in our mid to late thirties but, for some, bone loss can lead to developing a condition called Osteoporosis.
The word Osteoporosis quite literally means ‘porous bones.’ Bones can become fragile, breaking easily and causing significant pain and disability. The most common fractures are to the hip, spine and wrists. Spine fractures can lead to height loss, curvature and compression of internal organs causing further associated issues such as breathlessness, problems with digestion and incontinence. Many sufferers have reported that they fear everyday activities such as a tight hug or picking up a child due to the potential for breaking bones.
Osteoporosis can develop due to deficiencies in diet/nutrition, genetic predisposition or physical activity. Women are more susceptible to developing osteoporosis as the reduction in oestrogen following menopause also leads to bone loss.
Diet can play a significant role in preventing degeneration of and rebuilding our bones. The following nutrients have been found to assist in this:
Xylotene is a glyconutrient, a sweet-tasting sugar that contains two ingredients vital for bone health:
Exercise helps stem cells create osteoblasts, those bone regenerators. Without exercise, stem cells become fat cells (known as adipocytes) which can contribute to inflammation that is bad for the bones. Supervised weight-bearing and strength training has been found to help with bone mineralisation. Bones and muscles are strengthened by exercise, balance is improved and risk of falls is reduced. Many people with osteoporosis fear exercise due to risk of fracture/breaks but, in fact, an exercise program designed to meet your specific needs can actually reduce risks and help you stay mobile and active for longer.
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