Dietary Factors Affecting Osteoporosis And Bone Health In The Elderly


Molecular Basis of Nutrition and Aging

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Glibowski, P.


Osteoporosis is a growing problem in the world. Many excellent reviews and reports precisely explain the role of nutrients in osteoporosis and bone health management. Two of the most important nutrients are calcium and vitamin D and their influence on the human body have been very well discussed.  Milk and dairy products are the most abundant sources of calcium and positively affect bone health in the elderly, preventing bone fractures. Vitamin D is very important in bone metabolism. Besides dairy products, increased intake of fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Moderate alcohol intake decreases the risk of osteoporotic fractures in older adults. Calcium intake may need to be adjusted for dietary factors and nondietary factors as sun exposure, smoking, or physical activity.

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