Bone Health: Food and Physiotherapy

Written by Melanie

Ever wonder what the best food is to build bone density or prevent bone density loss?  There is some great new information for those who are currently diagnosed or are at risk of developing Osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis is a condition where the quality of the bones infrastructure has become so weak and brittle that there is very little to protect an individual from bone fracture under small load.  This occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone.

There are many options and facets of prevention for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. This includes collaboration with your General Physician, Physiotherapist and a Registered Dietician.

Wondering if you are at risk for Osteopenia or Osteoporosis? Please review the list of Major and minor risk factors for Osteoporosis found on the Bone health area of our website.

A recent piece of information, from Margaret Martin at Melioguide, shared the following easy to follow tip.

“Dr. Hooshmand states that 10 to 12 years of research has shown that dried plums or prunes are the most effective food for improving bone density in humans and animals…”

Dr. Hooshmand states that 100 grams or 9 – 10 prunes per day are the most effective serving in improving bone density.  She is now studying to see if a lower dose of prunes would be just as effective.

So there is a good start.  Bone Health Program at East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy also has a list of other foods that are high in Calcium and how to pair these foods to ensure that the Calcium is properly absorbed.

Another quick tip:  if you are taking Calcium supplementation, take it away from other foods unless otherwise advised by your Physician.

Weight bearing exercise also plays an integral part in preventing bone quality loss and building your bone quality.  If you have a diagnosis of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis you will want to consult a trained Physiotherapist at East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy to establish an exercise program tailored to your needs.

Please click here for more information from East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy’s Bone Health program and how we can help you prevent bone quality loss or increase your bone quality.

We are here to service individuals who are in need of Physiotherapy in Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, Bradford, Aurora and the surrounding York Region.