Nutritional Strategies in the Prevention of Osteoporosis
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Osteoporosis is a gradual reduction in bone mass that leads to an increased susceptibility to bone fractures. An estimated 1.5 million fractures are attributed to osteoporosis each year in the United States. With the rapid aging of the population, the suffering and healthcare costs associated with osteoporosis are steadily increasing. Experts agree that prevention is the most effective method of dealing with osteoporosis. The two approaches to prevention are maximising peak bone mass at skeletal maturity and reducing the rate of age-related bone loss. Adequate calcium intake has been shown to have a strong influence on attaining peak bone mass and reducing the rate of bone loss. Unfortunately, studies have shown that a large proportion of the population does not even meet the current Reference Daily Intake (RDI) levels for calcium. The data for women is especially alarming: at age 60, approximately 80% of women consume less than the RDI for calcium. Supplementing the diet with calcium and other nutrients important for bone health, along with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, is essential in reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC) is an excellent source of bioavailable calcium, a full complement of other minerals, proteins, and organic factors.
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