Bone density can be explained as the amount of bone tissue inside of a bone. The most common illness
associated with decreased bone density is Osteoporosis. It causes bones to gradually thin and weaken. This
degenerative disease affects both men and woman. However, experts believe women are more susceptible.
Their bones are generally less dense and they experience major hormonal changes after menopause. Of the
estimated 8.9 million Americans affected by osteoporosis, at least 80% are women.
Our team of physical therapists has come up with a list of suggestions aging adults should consider following
to prevent Osteoporosis. Please consult your physician before embarking on a new lifestyle or diet. Your
doctor will take into consideration all of the medications you are currently taking and help guide you into the
Boost your Calcium and Vitamin D intake. There are supplements available in the market that combine
Calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium helps build, repair and strengthen bones. It is also necessary to the
body to help your heart, muscles and nerves function properly. The only way for your body to absorb
Calcium properly is to ingest Vitamin D at the same time. Vitamin D is responsible for helping the body
form enough of a hormone called Calcitriol. This hormone is used by the body when new bones are
formed. Vitamin D can be absorb naturally by sitting in direct sun light for at least 20 minutes per day.
Adding Vitamin K and Potassium is also important. Vitamin K is a calcium-binding protein synthesized
during bone building. It works with vitamin D to remove old bone so that new bone can be deposited
in its place. Potassium neutralizes bone-depleting metabolic acids. These acids will eat away the newly
built bone tissue if they are not neutralized.
A nutritious diet is necessary to achieve optimum health. You need to increase your vegetable and fruit
daily intake. They are loaded with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They are the best way to get
the necessary nutrients to build strong bones. You should also consider low-fat proteins, slow-digesting
carbohydrates and following an alkaline diet. Here is a list of foods proven to increase bone density:
broccoli, spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, squash, cucumbers, watercress,
okra, scallions, basil, parsley, avocado, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, prunes, figs, beans, legumes,
almonds, oats, salmon, mackerel, tuna, eggs, coconut water, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cheese, low-fat
milk (including milks that are plant based such as almond and soy).
Make exercise a priority. Exercising builds muscle. Muscles support our bone structure helping us to
avoid injuries and breaks. A healthy body will perform at its peak and direct nutrients into the right
places giving the body the best opportunity to focus on important tasks such as building and repairing
Consider decreasing or eliminating the following: recreational drugs, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine,
carbonated beverages, salt, saturated fats and refined sugars. They are not only unhealthy but can
increase the odds of developing other major diseases.
Osteoporosis can steal the strength from your bones, leaving you prone to fractures. Here at Broward Manual
Rehab, we have developed an extensive Osteoporosis Treatment Program that serves everyone. It includes
abdominal and back strengthening exercises, specific upper and lower extremity resistance exercise, and
weight-bearing exercises. We will design a strength training program appropriate for your degree of bone loss.
Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have questions or wish to make an appointment.