InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
You may have heard of the terms “silent disease” and “silent killer.” These are terms that are thrown around in the medical community when referencing disease states that people walk around with and are completely unaware until something goes haywire. When we think about the silent killer, we’re usually thinking in the setting of high blood pressure, which could lead to a potential heart attack.†
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When we’re referencing a silent disease, we’re usually talking about osteoporosis. For the most part, people have no idea that their bones are getting weaker. You generally don’t feel this. When it comes to bone health, there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what’s actually happening within the bones and who is impacted by loss of bone density. Today, I want to talk about the basics of bone health.†
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
Let’s talk about bone health in general. You cannot feel that your bones are getting weaker. There are probably 10 to 15 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis or bone loss. There’s probably close to 50 million Americans who have low bone density. When we look at the population as a whole, we can then say that probably half of the people over the age of 50 years old are at risk of breaking a bone. These people should be cognisant of their bone health.†
When we think about bone health, many times our brains go straight to calcium and Vitamin D. These are very important because they are integral to maintaining bone health, but there are so many other factors that we can look at.†
How to support bone health
We can certainly see how the intake of certain vitamins and minerals beyond calcium and Vitamin D impact bone health. We can look at how easy it is to maintain good bone density throughout our lives and it really comes down to diet and exercise.†
We know that eating a healthy diet like the Mediterranean Diet is incredibly important. We also have to make sure that we are maintaining good muscle tone and muscle strength.†
We can also look at different nutrients besides calcium and Vitamin D. We can look at collagen. We know that collagen provides the bones with essential strength and allows for flexibility within the bones. Omega-3 fatty acids and tocotrienols play a key role in fending off oxidative stress that can do damage. The EPA and DHA that come from fish oil and krill oil are really important when it comes to enhancing bone-forming cells. When it comes to your diet, if you are getting adequate vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, you’re usually covering most of those bases. However, most Americans are just not eating healthy enough to achieve these things, so it is important to turn to supplementation.†
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In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the dangerous risk that osteoporosis and osteopenia pose to people. She explains different factors that impact overall bone health and provides recommendations for nutrients that play important roles within the bones.†
- Factors that impact bone health
- The role of hormone imbalances
- What are osteoporosis and osteopenia?
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