Despite ongoing public health efforts over the past 4 decades, the average American’s risk of developing osteoporosis has worsened, specifically in women. The primary dietary recommendations have centered on increasing calcium intake through both foods and supplements. Although required for normal skeletal development and overall bone mineralization, increasing calcium levels alone has yielded a lower-than-expected efficacy in risk reduction. There are several critical components to establishing and maintaining optimal bone strength and overall health. Fat soluble vitamins, in a synergistic effect, offer unique benefits. Deficiencies in one or more fat soluble vitamins result in significant consequences with respect to altered bone mass and mineralization. The potential renal acid load (PRAL) of any population’s diet might also influence bone density through its effect on osteoblast and osteoclast activity. Additionally, trace minerals which are often deficient in refined, heavily processed foods play important roles in various aspects of bone development.
This presentation will provide a comprehensive approach to improving bone mass and preventing bone loss in adults through nutrition and dietary modifications. Join John Bagnulo MPH, PhD in a detailed discussion that will highlight the most important characteristics of a diet supporting skeletal health.
References: Critical Nutrition for Optimal Bone Health References
APPROVED FOR 1 CPE CREDIT BY THE CDR OF THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
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