Are You at Risk?

Posted by Lloyd on February 25, 2010
Health

Do you eat a lot of meat? Do you drink a lot of coffee? Do you drink a lot of alcohol? If so, you are putting yourself at risk of getting osteoporosis. This disease effects 25 million Americans (men and women).

This debilitating disease is a result of an excessive loss of bone density. When you reach the average age of 25 years of age, you cease to gain bone density. Around the age of 35, it is normal for you to lose the density approximately 1% per year (2%-3% after menopause). Excessive loss results in brittle bones, increasing your chance of bone fracture and shrinkage. Many factors such as exercise, menopause, prescription drugs contribute to bone loss. Also, excessive consumption of common ingredients in your diet may puts you at risk as well.

Consuming too much meat puts you at risk of osteoporosis. There is a compound in meat protein that causes hypercalciuria. Consequently, calcium is removed from the bone and excreted into your urine. Therefore, excessive meat consumption leads to loss bone mass. By lowering your consumption of meat proteins, you protect your bones from this effect.

Caffeine is also a factor in increased bone loss. When combined with low calcium intake it speeds up the loss of bone mass. People who consume excessive caffeine in their lifetime have an increased risk of low bone density. However, Studies have shown if you consume one or more glasses of milk in your lifetime that cancels out the effect of high caffeine intake. In addition to caffeine, Excessive alcohol also reduces bone density. Excessive intake reduces osteoblast activity. Osteoblasts are the cells responsible for the formation of bone. In moderation, alcohol could be responsible for increasing bone mass.

The moral of the story here is moderation. By keeping your food intake in control, you reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis. It is never too late to jump on the prevention bandwagon.

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