Maria Luisa Brandi, healthy diet for healthy bones

A scientific paper published ahead of World Osteoporosis Day shows how to follow a healthy diet for bone later in life help us to protect us from developing osteoporosis later in life.

So much so young, as of old, nutrition can make the difference in bone health and affect your ability to live an independent life, moving, free of fractures in old age. This is the key content of a new scientific article, by leading experts in the field of studies on bone and nutrition, it published a few days ago in the journal Osteoporosis International, in anticipation of the World Osteoporosis Day, October 20.

The article reports the latest results related to the nutritional needs of mothers, children and adolescents, adults and the elderly, in relation to the development and maintenance of a healthy skeleton. Paying particular attention to calcium, vitamin D and protein, it shows that nutritional needs of these and other micronutrients through the diet can help to reach this goal for good bone health:

  • Achieving the genetic potential for peak bone mass in children and adolescents
  • Prevent the premature loss of bone and maintaining a healthy skeleton in adults
  • Prevent and treat osteoporosis in the elderly

Professor Maria Luisa Brandi, president of the Foundation FIRMO, said: “This new report shows how important our diet for bone health throughout life. In fact, nutrition plays a key role in the development of a healthy skeleton even before birth. A healthy diet of the mother, as well as the right levels of vitamin D, leading to develop greater bone mass in children. “

The report also stresses that the lifestyles that lead to a poor diet and lack of nutrients is increasing concern in all ages, but particularly in children. Milk and dairy products are the main source of calcium intake for most children, but all over the world in recent decades has been a fall in the consumption of milk. Moreover, among young people it is also widespread deficiency of vitamin D, which has resulted in several countries to recommendations for the administration of supplements to infants and young children. But low intake of calcium and vitamin D are unfortunately widespread even among adults and the elderly worldwide. For a considerable number of people it is also the risk of fracture also increases due to the excessive consumption of alcohol, smoke, and a body mass index of very high or low (BMI).

The article also exposes the impact that nutrition has on preventing falls and fractures in the elderly, the most rapidly growing segment of the population and most affected by osteoporosis. A deficiency in protein intake, as well as malnutrition, sadly common in older people, can adversely affect the health of bones and muscles.

The product integrates a full report entitled Healthy Eating, healthy bones: how nutritional factors affect the health of the musculoskeletal system in the course of life that is available online and for free download at: http: //www.fondazionefirmo .com / report_iofs

Link to article ‘Life-course Approach to Nutrition’

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00198-015-3288-6

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