Eat well now for better bone health later

A healthy diet throughout our lives impacts on when and how badly osteoporosis develops in our latter years, experts report in a leading Spanish journal.

If people have osteoporosis, excess weight is preferable to being under weight, the experts suggest. In this context, protein intake higher than that recommended is beneficial for bones, provided calcium intake is adequate. And, in general, we should all aim to:

  • Avoid excessive intake of, sugar, saturated fat, salt and phosphorus;
  • Meet the nutritional goals set for omega-3 fatty acids and fibre;
  • Monitor vitamin D status and calcium intake;
  • Improve intake of vitamins K, C, B, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, fluorine, manganese, silicon and boron.

“Due to its high morbidity and mortality, prevention is important and from a nutritional point of view, it is convenient to bring the diet closer to the theoretical ideal,” the experts advise. “In general, increase the consumption of dairy products, fish, vegetables and fruits, and reduce the consumption of salt, during childhood and throughout life.”

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