In a new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, leading bone and nutrition experts outline just how important nutrition is for our bone health throughout all stages of life. It’s essential we give this attention as in Australia an estimated 1.2 million are affected by osteoporosis and 66% of those over the age of 50 have poor bone health (osteoporosis or osteopenia).
In the lead up to World Osteoporosis Day on 20 October, the scientific report reviews the latest evidence relating to the nutritional needs of mothers, children and adolescents, adults and seniors, in relation to developing and maintaining a healthy skeleton. Placing particular emphasis on calcium, vitamin D and protein, it shows how adequate nutritional intake of these and other micronutrients can support the primary objectives for good bone health.
Professor Cyrus Cooper, co-author and chair of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Committee of Scientific Advisors, stated:
“This new report shows just how important nutrition is for our bone health throughout life. In fact, nutrition plays a key role in the development of a healthy skeleton even before birth. Healthy maternal diets as well as adequate vitamin D levels are associated with greater bone mass in the off-spring.”
Professor Peter Ebeling, Medical Director of Osteoporosis Australia adds:
“We are seeing worrying trends related to a high frequency of Vitamin D deficiency worldwide, particularly in children, which may have long standing adverse impacts on bone and muscle health. In addition, the large baby-boomer generation is ageing, with age-related musculoskeletal diseases imposing an increasingly costly burden on society and health-care systems worldwide. This new report shows how healthy nutrition can be used to establish a systematic life-long approach to support the prevention of osteoporosis.”
In light of the report’s focus on overarching nutrition, Osteoporosis Australia has partnered with some of the nation’s highest profile Chefs to celebrate World Osteoporosis Day, and to spread the message that good nutrition as a whole is required for bone health, regardless of your age.
In a campaign aptly titled Serve Up Bone Strength, Maggie Beer, Luke Nguyen, Andy Allen, Nino Zoccali, Danny Parreno, and Lee Holmes have all donated recipes that provide a healthy dose of the requirements of calcium, protein and / or vitamin D. The range of Chef’s recipes are being made available to the public in celebration of World Osteoporosis Day, and will be joined by bone-healthy snack ideas from sporting legends Ambassodor Pat McCabe, and Legendary Ambassador Michael Klim.
Osteoporosis Australia CEO Greg Lyubomirsky says:
“Poor nutritional habits including a lack of protein, low Vitamin D levels, and low calcium intake increase the future risk of osteoporosis. Serve Up Bone Strength is a positive step towards raising awareness that better nutrition means better bones. We are so excited to have partnered with some of the country’s leading Chefs to raise awareness of the importance of eating well for bone health – and to do some delicious cooking along the way!”
For key messages from the international report, new nutritional information for consumers, or for the Chef’s recipes, head to:
This article was originally published on Dr. Joanna Miller’s site.