Even small kids know that elderly people suffer from joint pain and hip problems. Each of us are capable of different strength and energy levels some of which is genetic while most of it depends on our nutritional intake and physical activity practise. Milk, in the form of the most nutritious breastmilk, has been the first food that every child consumes after born unto this world. As kids grow milk is an indispensable part of their daily life-each of us never forget to drink our glass of milk in our favourite cup before leaving to school. But as we reach high school or college this gradually decrease replaced by other less-nutritious choices such as fruit juices, mocktails and soda.
Calcium, the most important nutrient present in dairy products such as milk gradually decreases in proportion as the consumption of other beverages increase. Human bones become stronger only up to a certain age, 30 years, after which bone mass and strength start diminishing gradually. After the age of 30 the consumption of calcium-rich foods helps in only protecting our bone mass and strength from further diminishing rather than building better bones. While this is the general scenario, results are quite different for women. Once they reach menopause their body undergoes turbulent hormonal changes and physicians definitely prescribe calcium and multivitamin supplements along with diet recommendations to prevent extreme health deterioration. Get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com who can help you with a well-balanced diet plan to meet your postmenopausal nutrient needs. In case a woman fails to supplement her body with calcium supplements she might surely face the debilitating consequences of joint pain, arthritis, increased risk of fractures and likewise. The risk of such conditions is further heightened when she is habituated to regular soda consumption.
Mind Your Beverage
Food has become fashionable and people consume food keeping fashion in mind. Pairing pizza with soft drinks or French fries with soda has become the unwritten law. During the introduction of these processed foods in India, many people objected to the adaptation of Western culture and eating trends but now, we see innumerable people, including seniors and elderly people, relishing a piece of cheesy pizza or burger paired with a fizzy beverage of their choice. We have a new study where researchers examined the effect of soda consumption on bone health and fracture risk in more than 70,000 postmenopausal women who were around 69 years. Almost 50% women were followed-up for at least 12 years during which 2,578 hip fractures occurred. Results showed that women who consumed more than 14 350-ml servings per week were likelier to experience 26% hip fracture during the study period than those who never had soda. Those who consumed more than 14 servings of caffeine-free soda were at a 32% increased risk of experiencing hip fracture.
According to the results, low or moderate consumption of soda does not increase the risk of fracture in postmenopausal women but after certain quantities of consumption, almost equal to two cans per day, the risk increased significantly. Menopause brings about slowed production of bone tissues and women face an increased risk of osteoporosis. Such porous and brittle bones make it easier for fractures to appear. Carbonated beverages and soda have already been linked to lower bone mineral density in some other studies but this is the first step to prove that soda alone can increase the risk when consumption increases by more than two sodas a day. The risk remained constant even when other factors such as use of osteoporosis meds, coffee intake, diabetes, exercise and maternal hip fracture history was taken into account. This shows that soda consumption must be added to the list of behaviour such as unbalanced diets and sedentary lifestyle that increase the chances of hip fracture.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.